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by Kevin Coupe

There were a couple of stories in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that put me in mind of the book that Michael Sansolo and I wrote, "The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies." I couldn't help but share.

For one thing, there was a piece about how, against all odds, My Cousin Vinny has "swaggered into the pantheon of legal cinema, taking a seat alongside the genre’s dramatic greats, 12 Angry Men and To Kill a Mockingbird.

My Cousin Vinny is about Vincent La Guardia Gambini, a Brooklyn mechanic turned lawyer, played by Joe Pesci, who find himself with just six weeks experience defending his cousin from a murder charge in a small town Alabama courtroom.

No less a jurist than the late Justice Antonin Scalia even referred to the film in oral arguments at the Supreme Court once, and experts say the movies gets points for being legally accurate, and for demonstrating the importance of both perseverance and "experiential experts," who enable Vinny to perform far better than his capabilities.

That's a pretty good lesson for everyone, not just lawyers. It is important, not matter how experienced you may be, to be willing to ask questions and listen to the answers ... because that only can make you smarter.

You can read the story here.

At the same time, the Journal featured a column entitled, "How ‘Star Trek’ Has Helped Me Solve Workplace Dilemmas," which is definitely worth reading - especially by the ample number of MNB readers who I know are "Star Trek" fans.

Using examples from all the various series, the writer illustrates something that Michael and I have long espoused - that "Star Trek" can serve pretty much as a guidebook to life.

You can read the entire piece here.

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