Have you seen the film “The King’s Speech” starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush? It just won four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Why did it win? My opinion: because it’s a beautiful Strategic Intervention.
The movie’s based on a simple premise: Prince Albert of England had a stutter, and he needed help. After countless doctors and treatments in the palace had failed, his wife heard of an eccentric man named Lionel, who worked in a humble office in London and had tremendous success curing speech problems. Lionel was not a doctor. Speech therapy did not yet exist. He was just a man who had developed a great ability to help people with their problems.
It was very unusual for a Prince to visit a man like Lionel. It was so inappropriate, really, that they did so in complete secrecy. What Lionel discovered about the prince had no contact with regular people, had no real friends, and was very defensive, and arrogant, and difficult. And despite this, he wouldn’t even consent to answering any kind of personal question. You don’t do that with royalty.
The drama of the movie comes from Lionel’s ingenuity and resourcefulness with the Prince, his ability to use different modalities – humor, challenges, eccentric assignments, double-bind strategies, physical exercises, interpersonal interventions, and above all the power of relationship to transform this frustrated prince into King George VI, whose popular radio speeches led his people through a difficult war.
It’s a film about Strategic Intervention! It’s not speech therapy – the work was broader than that. It’s not psychotherapy – this work was more strategic and practical than that. The film is about how to practically and strategically shift someone towards the outcome they so much want, despite their defenses, their obstacles, and even their social superiority. The film features no car chases, no romance, no drama. And at the end of this film, the audience WEEPs with pride at the breakthrough.
If you’ve ever enjoyed one of our films with Tony, you’ll enjoy this movie!
*****HERE’S WHAT’S COOL*****
Our culture is shifting. When people pay box-office bucks to see a simple story of two men in a room overcoming a personal difficulty, it’s because our culture has become fascinated in how people change. More people than ever are more open to the idea that someone could arrive in their life and help them get an outcome that they dearly want and need. And they are paying to see this movie because they want to see how it can happen.
Our culture is on the brink of a breakthrough. Even the current fascination with “makeover” shows, as shallow and as crass as they are in many ways, speaks to people’s desire to be coached. So I want you to remember now that if millions of people are watching these films and shows, millions are wanting help. There is an opportunity for coaches now that there has never been before. So if you have a dream to become a coach, a Strategic Interventionist, someone who helps people to overcome obstacles and develop dreams – STICK TO IT! You CAN transform hundreds of lives. You can be the leading edge of this cultural shift.
Any problem with that, please write us at Support@RobbinsMadanesTraining.com