What's it all about, Alfie?

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:49

Does it seem sometimes that the most serious and worthy movies, are just a little bit dull? (Did I mention "Lincoln"?) And sometimes, isn't that movies from a completely different genre - the more 'popular' type - that have a more significant and lasting impact?

The Museum of London is running (until 14 July) an exhibition about the life and work of Michael Caine - and so 'The Ipcress File' immediately comes to mind. This is a movie, long ranked as one of the best ever British movies, that has made a lasting social impact because of Harry Palmer as its working-class hero. So, I guess for those of us who are obsessing about future - what is really going to happen? - there's a lesson to be learnt as it can be the unexpected or unheralded or unrecognised that makes the lasting and major impact. Most of management activity and training now seems to revolve around the management of change, the transition from A to B. So, the difficulties in determining quite what bits of A are being left behind or incorporated in the new ways of doing things are obvious and needed to be treated with care.

Museum of London: www.museumoflondon.org.uk

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