Pixar is the Grand Old Daddy of animation, but make no mistake: the Minions will soon get their due. The adorable pill-shaped and denim overall-clad yellow creatures first appeared in the Despicable Me movies and starred in their own adventure, titled Minions, in 2015. Created by French animators Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, the tiny slaves of the monster Gru have the temperament, intellect stamina and attention span of happy and warm-bellied puppies. In this short spin-off, titled The Competition, their never-ending energy levels come handy. Two minions try to beat each other first at throwing paper into a basket, then boxing, and finally in riding missiles. It’s a matter of time before the minions are seen as political and social allegories. For now, the only thing that matters is that they are irresistibly cute.
The Competition is one of three short films that are included in DVDs and Blu-rays of the Minions movie. Here is an older short, featuring their favourite fruit, the banana, always uttered with reverence and the slightest hint of mischief.
Now that you’ve reached the top, how often do you say, “Thank You”?
What kind of a leader are you?
How do you define success? The typical picture of success is a large bank balance, expensive material possessions and fame. But for some, success is happiness that comes from fulfilling a childhood dream or attaining a sense of purpose. For those, success is not about the volume of an applause or the weight of a gold medal, but about showing gratitude and sharing success with the people without whom the journey would be incomplete. Here are a few ways you can share your success with others:
While it sounds simple and formulaic, a genuine, emphatic and honest speech can make everyone feel like they are a part of a winning team. For a personal touch, acknowledge the team’s efforts by mentioning each one of them by name and thanking them for their unique contributions. Hearing their own name makes people feel proud and honoured.
Realise the success should be passed on
Instead of basking in the glory of their own achievements, good leaders encourage, motivate and inspire others to achieve success. A good leader should acknowledge his own mistakes, share his experience and knowledge and cultivate an environment where every milestone is an accomplishment for everyone in the team. Talk about challenges, the personal and professional struggles that you had to overcome. Sharing setbacks helps others to relate to you and helps them overcome struggles they may be facing.
Nothing beats shaking-off the deadlines, work-pressure and fatigue by celebrating success together. Enjoying a job well done together as a team brings about a spirit of camaraderie. A catered lunch, evening drinks or a weekend off-site, the important thing is to enjoy the win with people who have gone through the same struggle.
Keep it flexible
The last thing you want is for work celebrations to become monotonous and repetitive. Not all milestones have to be celebrated in a grand manner, some can just be acknowledged with gestures such as personal Thank You notes or writing a recommendation on LinkedIn.
Make success more meaningful
Go beyond numbers, sales targets and profits and add meaning to the achievement. Reminding everyone of the larger purpose inspires people. It’s easy to lose interest when you do something in a routine fashion. Giving a larger meaning to success makes people feel more involved and energized.
Great leaders are those who share their victories with others. They acknowledge that the path to success is collaborative. Great leaders don’t stand in front of their team, but are found working amongst them. This video is an ode to such leaders who epitomise the Chivas culture and know how to Win The Right Way. Follow Chivas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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