Can we learn how to deal with change from the recently released movie The Croods? I definitely think we can. This is a great film with a powerful message for any audience (particularly those who are still in touch with their inner child). 


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take two young friends to see “The Croods” a the film Produced by Dreamworks. The movie is about an old school caveman that needs to rapidly adapt to change as his world (the cave he inhabited with his family for ever) is destroyed due to earthquakes, volcanic activity and a prehistoric re-arrangement of the land.

Led by a young and a more innovative caveman -full of ideas-, the over-protective caveman struggles to accept his new reality as he journeys towards a new “tomorrow” with his family, something he has difficulty in visualising.

While watching the movie I could not help feeling that the script had been written by a change management consultant trying to explain how useless it is to try to stick to what we know when the world around us is changing rapidly.

Traveling across a beautiful new landscape, the family discovers an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures and their outlook is changed forever.

A few take-away key points from the movie:

  • Resisting “the inevitable” causes us more pain than dealing with the fear that sometimes arises when attempting new things.
  • Things change, even if we do not want them to change.
  • Safety and rules are not always the answer for a brighter future.
  • Curiosity helps us discover new possibilities, which may be better than what we think we have.
  • Stepping outside the comfort zone is good for us since sticking to what we know and the environments we live in may not last forever.
  • Adapting to change is how you are going to survive in life
  • Story telling is magical in terms of transmitting a message.
  • Be brave even when you have to jump into the unknown.
  • Make sure you say “I love you” to those you love before the world ends!

The movie finishes with the old school cavemen settling down with his family in the new land, becoming less protective and letting them be more adventurous and risk-taking, thus bringing happiness to them all.

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2 April 2013

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Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.

Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership

In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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