Magazine article Management Today

Why Business Is like ... A Hitchcock Movie

Magazine article Management Today

Why Business Is like ... A Hitchcock Movie

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A new CEO heralds a new era. A new era heralds change, and change induces fear. So what can a new CEO do to break this cycle and avoid joining a company paralysed by the prospect of their arrival?

Alfred Hitchcock understood the mechanics of fear better than most and an appreciation of the techniques he used to terrify his audiences may provide clues for a new CEO keen to avoid doing the same to theirs.

Hitchcock famously observed that 'There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it'. As he explained, if you have three men in a room with a ticking bomb that neither they nor the audience know is there until it goes off, then the unsuspecting audience gets a surprise 'One surprise! That's all.' Contrast this with a scene in which the audience knows about the bomb but the men do not. The men still talk inanely but now even the most banal things they say are charged with an underlying tension. …

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