Crimson Tide: Movie for Management Training

Capt. Ramsey: “Speaking of horses did you ever see those Lipizzaner stallions?”
Hunter: “What?”
Capt. Ramsey: “From Portugal. “The Lipizzaner Stallions” The most highly trained horses in the world. They’re all white?”
Hunter: “Yes, Sir.”
Capt. Ramsey: “Yes, Sir you’re aware they’re all white” or “Yes, Sir you’ve seen them?”
Hunter: “Yes, Sir I’ve seen them. Yes, Sir I was aware that they are all white. They are not from Portugal; they’re from Spain and at birth, they’re not white; they’re black,Sir.”
Capt. Ramsey: “I didn’t know that. But they are from Portugal.”

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This single scene is enough to highlight the conflict between various hierarchies within an organization.

Movie Learning is a unique tool. With its visual and audio medium, it creates a huge impact within a Management training classroom, as it can be a powerful tool in teaching “Conflict Engagement”, “Office Communication” and many more related topics. Office atmosphere is one place where you would be seeing all sort of emotions, and it’s important to have a check on how you react mentally to your work demands. This is the time you will discover your real character and the thoughts that goes on within yourself.

In this movie, Crimson Tide, Hunter is an XO officer under his Commander Capt. Ramsey. This is around the time of the Cuban missile crisis, when they are entrusted to lead a Submarine for a missile launch operation against Soviet Union. During their journey they destroy an enemy submarine in a dog fight and incur little damage.

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In this whole scenario, we are shown how the Captain with an impeccable 40 years of active navy service record, doesn’t trust the newly joined XO. He is responsible for  the whole conflict, and when they stand up to their individual beliefs and intuitions, with the will to serve the country, their clash becomes a mutiny inside the submarine. And this exactly reaches a climax in this specific scene.

In the dialogue about “Stallions”, Capt. Ramsey, a White Officer, indirectly insults his Black Subordinate Xo Hunter, This single scene conveys how a work environment conflict and the language used, can reveal the character of one’s innermost thoughts. It also shows how different people react in a normal situation and after the climax, Capt Ramsey accepts that he was wrong and resigns He recommends his Xo as the next commander of the ship.

The Movie Learning Workshop is a wonderful tool, when used in Part Time MBAor Distance Learning MBA training.It helps one learn how to emerge out of Office Conflicts as a better person.

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