Essay on Teamwork Goes to the Movies

1222 Words Jan 24th, 2012 5 Pages
The movie that was selected to illustrate a high performance team in action was Armageddon which is directed by Michael Bay and stars Bruce Willis. Much of the material that we have studied illustrate that teams out perform individuals within an organization. This is most evident when performance requires multiple skills, judgments, and experiences (Katzenbach and Smith, 1993). In analyzing and comparing the characters and events in the movie, Armageddon, one sees many of the elements of a high performance team such as problem solving, goal setting, conflict resolution, and team dynamics. The traits of a leader were also visible through Bruce Willis’s character Harry Stamper. Hackman (2002) states that a leader must possess two critical …show more content…
Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) exhibited his leadership and coaching on several occasions. One of the more memorable scenes in which he showed his leadership was when Harry instructed and helped his team to start dismantling the mobile drilling rigs that were to be taken on the mission. NASA officials were appalled in seeing their million dollar machines almost destroyed. According to Katzenbach and Smith (1993) all members of a high-performance team are required to do equal amounts of real work, including the leader. Harry did not stay back on Earth and send his team forward; instead he was the first to volunteer to go on the mission. The scene where he displays motivational coaching is when the bomb is on a timer and is set to explode before it is placed in the hole. At this point NASA had given up on the drill teams. He instructs some of the team to work together to disarm the timer to allow them enough time to finish drilling the hole. Hackman (2002) states that motivational coaching is used to minimize free riding or complacency and it is meant to build and renew shared commitment to the group and its work. He is able to motivate the team in believing that they can reach their goal of drilling 800 feet.
Conflicts were plentiful between leader and members and between members themselves. Harry’s biggest conflict was with A.J. Frost, one of the lead drillers. A.J. was young and careless, in Harry’s

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