film information chart

After Viewing the Film – Information Gathered About Your Film

In Week 1 you selected the following film to view:

  • Twelve O’Clock High (1949), starring Gregory Peck

Begin your film study by collecting some data or, as Bolman and Deal (2017) suggested, “going to the balcony” to acquire a panoramic view of the organization and leadership scene. If you have time, watch your film twice. Watch it the first time for enjoyment and to get a big picture of the film. The second time, watch it more critically and academically, taking notes.

Take a moment to “examine the situation one frame at a time” (pun intended) and ask two questions to help you move through the “valley of confusion” to the mountains of clarity:

  1. What is going on?
    • How is the organization in the film functioning?
    • What are the roadblocks to progress?
    • How do personalities and relationships impact performance?
    • What external forces are at play that directly or indirectly impact the organization’s ability to function?
  2. What options exist?
    • What are potential solutions?
    • What needs to be done and what needs to stop?
  3. How does the film apply to organizational change themes in the course text and in your organization?

Use the following chart, or any chart you would like to devise, as an aid for your data collection:

Title of Film


What’s Going On?

What Options Are Available?


Human Resource



submit your completed chart. Phrases and bullet points are acceptable. This is an individual activity.


Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership (Bolman & Deal, 2017)
  • Chapter 20: Bringing It All Together: Change and Leadership in Action
    • The Kennedy HS case study provides a step-by-step process for you to view your film.
      • The chart on page 424 may prove especially helpful as an aid in collecting data from your film.
    • After reading the case study, consider whether you agree or disagree that “reframing is more of an art than a science.”
  • Epilogue: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership
    • Note the emphases in this chapter on the organizational leadership themes and characteristics of artistry, inspiration, versatility, playful theorists, architects, advocates, prophets.
    • The authors want “A new generation of managers and leaders who recognize the importance of poetry and philosophy as well as analysis and technique.” You are a part of that new generation!
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