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4 Lessons We Can Learn From The 'Moana' Movie. by emperormero(m) : 6:06 pm On Mar 16

So we’re not talking the
Smurfs here. (Though to
be warned, you will
probably have to sit
through a trailer of a
reboot of the blue
franchise.)
That said, Moana offers a
number of deeper
insights that are
relevant to the IT
professional.
Don’t throw out the
technology—examine
your process. Moana,
who longs to explore
the oceans, is warned
away by her father,
saying that exploring
“beyond the reef” is
dangerous. As it turns
out, her dad went out
beyond the reef in his
time, which resulted in
the death of a loved
one. Instead of looking
for ways to make ocean
travel safer—improve
the boats or invent life
jackets?—her father’s
people take all the
oceangoing vessels and
hide them in a cavern.
Thereafter, they all use
shabby boats that really
are unsafe.
Concerned about a
technology that’s too
powerful? Don’t throw it
away and limit the
innovation of your staff.
Find ways to put
sidebars on the
technology to make it
safer. It’s okay to go
beyond the reef.
Look at the technology
in your caverns. By the
time of the movie, many
people had forgotten
the superior boats in the
caverns and were
resigned to using the
junky boats, never
realizing there was a
better alternative. Most
offices have the same
sort of issue: They
bought great
technology and then
never got around to
implementing it
properly, and it’s
moldering in a closet
somewhere.
Do you have ocean-
going vessels in your
office caverns that
you’ve never properly
leveraged? Drag it out
and give it a shot. And
while you’re at it, if you
upgrade your
technology, get rid of
the old—don’t keep it
around “just in case.”
Hopefully Moana’s
people didn’t save all
the second-rate boats in
the cavern instead.
Mentoring is important.
It wouldn’t be a
modern-day Disney
movie without a wise
elder, and Moana has
two. First, there’s
Moana’s grandmother, a
when-I-am-an-old-
woman-I-shall-wear-
purple hippie type who
dances on the beach and
talks about being
reincarnated as a manta
ray, but in the process
also inspires Moana to
follow her vision.
Second, there’s Maui
himself, who teaches
Moana the nitty-gritty of
the sailing and
wayfaring technologies
that her people have
largely forgotten. (And
in a pleasant twist, he
actually teaches her
rather than just doing it
for her.) And in a sense,
Moana herself acts as a
mentor to Maui and
helps him regain his
self-confidence. Do you
have programs where
senior staff members
can pass on their
collective wisdom to
younger staff—whether
it’s technical details or
more visionary aspects?
Or do older staff
members get shuffled
into increasingly
irrelevant jobs until they
get the hint and retire?
Where would Moana’s
people be if Maui hadn’t
shown up to re-teach
them the seafaring
technologies they’d
forgotten?
Wayfaring is critical.
True, knowing how to
sail is important, and
Moana has all the
requisite scenes of
inexperienced sailors
falling overboard,
tipping over the boat,
and almost getting
nailed by the boom due
to a sudden wind shift.
But at least as much
attention is paid to
wayfaring, or figuring
out where you’re
supposed to go. As it
turns out, Polynesians
were actually really
good at it , using only
the stars and currents
(and sometimes sticks,
though Moana doesn’t
mention them) to take
them across the ocean
ranging from New
Zealand to South
America.
Ocean-going vessels are
great, but technology
will only get you so far
if you don’t know where
you’re going with it. As
we’ve mentioned
before, don’t use
technology for the sake
of technology—use
technology as a means
of getting you where
you want to go.
And P.S.: Make sure you
stay after the credits.

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