“Get Back” is a newly released documentary about The Beatles.
The project — created by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson — pulls incredible footage from a 1969 recording session.
The legendary group demonstrates…
… notable management principles in their creative process, per The Economist.
First is group psychology: An MIT study shows that group performance is more correlated with sensitivity than intelligence.
Ringo Starr — the coolest mustached musician ever — is known as the laid-back guy. His chill attitude makes him seem “dispensable” but he “softens conflict and bridges divides” within the group.
Two other principles:
- Inspiration is everywhere: McKinsey surveyed 5k+ execs and found that learning from others is key to success. The Beatles regularly got creative ideas from other bands.
- Deadlines are key: A Google study found its best teams set goals that were “specific, challenging and attainable.” In the documentary, The Beatles have “to write an album’s worth of new songs in just a matter of days and perform them on a TV special.”
The Economist concedes its analysis has limits: not every team can have George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney.
The latter 2 are regarded as all-time geniuses. That’s one management lesson you can imagine, but not replicate.
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