When Darryl Samuels, Managing Partner of D. Samuels & Associates (DSA), was first promoted to a management position, he had no clue on what he was doing.  Fresh out of college, Samuels worked for a hands-off employer who emphasized that leadership was acquired through life experiences.  In other words, neither one of them had the resources for him to attend a formal leadership training program, so he improvised.  

Being an avid reader, movie buff, and board game enthusiast has its advantages.  Within time, he identified his favorite movies and began watching how the actors handled stressful personal, work-related and business situations.   Before long he was studying management books, emulating the leadership styles of Denzel Washington, Al Pacino and Morgan Freeman and refined a poker face to develop his own panache which has proven, over the years, to be successful in his personal life and business ventures.

Coordinating management books with movies and board games is a common staple DSA uses to energize employee morale and performance.  This method has also been used to develop, build and manage profitable lives, careers and projects in and outside of the organization.

The proven success has allowed DSA to develop this concept into a Business Development Program entitled REEL LIFE, REAL BUSINESS!

REEL LIFE, REAL BUSINESS delivers a unique training experience by showing, rather than telling, participants how to achieve their goals in competitive environments.  

Advantages include:

Movies create a useful way of viewing, analyzing, and discussing common management challenges.

Business leaders praise films concerned with ethical and personal conflicts, portrayed by realistic characters, who deal with fundamental issues.

Board games provide a fun, inexpensive way to incorporate theory into practice.

We inspire clients.  Each month a new Reel Life, Real Business Blog will be posted for your business viewing pleasure, so get your popcorn ready as we journey down the road to success.  We look forward to your company.    

Good movies teach!

REEL LIFE, REAL BUSINESS CASE STUDY:  Get In Where You Fit In: Understanding Organizational Socialization

In our quest to establish a career, we sometimes take jobs and assignments without anticipating or understanding how we fit into the organization.  It can be a hit or miss.  Understanding the organizational socialization process that employers and employees go through may smooth out the bumps as we pursue career advancement.  

Organizational Socialization is a powerful process by which people learn the content of an organization's culture.  It affects individual behavior and helps shape and maintain the organization's culture.  Organizational socialization happens in three stages.  The product of one stage becomes the input to the next stage.  

Anticipatory Socialization is the first stage of socialization a person experiences.  This stage happens before a person joins an organization or takes a new job in the same organization.  The anticipatory stage builds expectations about what it is like to work for the organization.  The Entry/Encounter stage occurs after entering into the organization.  A new employee learns whether his or her expectations are consistent with the reality of organization life.  

Change takes place during the encounter stage, as it flows and blends into the Metamorphosis stage.  If a new employee has successfully resolved the demands of the multiple sources of socialization, he or she begins to feel comfortable in their new role.  If not, their tenure will be very short.  

The following films (which can be purchased on have scenes that give a range of portrayals of different aspects of organizational socialization:

The trailer from “The Firm” shows the early stages of socialization.  Scene from “The Hudsucker Proxy” shows a new employee's encounter with an organization and “The Devil Wears Prada” shows the transformation of an employee moving up the career ladder.  

What’s the culture of your organization?  Name three strategies you would use to welcome and retain a new employee into your company?  Like us on Facebook to respond.  

Think you know the people you work with?  Then play a round of Scruples – The Game of Moral Dilemmas which you can download for free from the Apple App Store or purchase directly from  

Scruples — The Game of Moral Dilemmas

Scruples is a party game where people get together in the same room  for stimulating conversation and laughter to play by making players sweat as they ask each other what they would do in a moral predicament and earn points by predicting how their friends/co-workers will answer (Yes, No, or Depends)..

There are no right or wrong answers, and bluffing is encouraged.