Lazy Week? Watch These Movies to Entertain Your Inner CEO

Posted December 24, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Many families have Christmas traditions of watching movies and enjoying a bowl of caramel corn together. My family doesn’t, but hey, maybe your family does. And if you’re super sick of Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life, take this time to harness your career goals and needs and channel your inner CEO.

Try these awesome movies on your time off this week to entertain your inner CEO and start thinking about your 2013 goals:

  • Baby Boom. In the realm of women’s career movies, this is often a forgotten film, but it’s incredible. Diane Keaton’s character goes from being Manhattan’s “Tiger Lady” to a rural mother of a young baby to a fledgling entrepreneur. It’s funny, has a little bit of romance, and has a great message about how women can be successful at what they do in any stage in their lives.
  • The September Project. Anna Wintour gets a bad rap, but in this film, you’ll see what a terrific leader she is and how Vogue prospers because of not only her leadership, but her disagreements with staff and the friction created because of them. I loved seeing Vogue come together, and learned so much from the process. I know you will, too.
  • First Wives’ Club. Part of this movie is all “woman scorned,” but as the film goes on it becomes “woman empowered.” As Goldie, Diane, and Bette’s characters come together to screw their ex-husbands, they eventually turn their energy to something good. It’s a great flick to empower you to try to build something new in your life.
  • Arbitrage. Richard Gere has been nominated for his first Golden Globe ever, and it’s well-deserved for this incredibly thought-provoking Wall Street fraud film. I’m recommending it not just as a “don’t” for your career, but because of the performances of both Gere and Susan Sarandon, as well as their daughter in the film. Successful in her own right, she struggles in her relationship with her father as they work together.

So go ahead, use your couch time this week to keep learning about your career. Watch a movie that lights up your business side!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."