Ocean's Eleven or My Big Fat Greek Wedding?

Education & Training with Keller Williams Realty

I had the pleasure of participating in a training session yesterday that was centered around one of my favorite topics: LEADERSHIP.


One of the most powerful quotes of the day from our instructor, Kay Evans, was “a star team beats a team of stars ANYTIME”.  Then she went on to elaborate by using two movies as an analogy – and it was so awesome, I want to share it with you:


During the 2001-2202 movie season, Hollywood was stoked to release “Ocean’s Eleven” distributed by Warner Brothers featuring the star studded cast of George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Bernie Mac to name a few.  The movie Ocean’s Eleven had a budget of $85 million and grossed $183,417,150 in ticket sales in the U.S.


During the same time frame, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was released and distributed by an independent film company.  It featured a cast of unknowns including John Corbett, Nia Vardalos, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine and Ian Gomez.  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” had a budget of $5 million and grossed $368,744,044 in ticket sales in the U.S.


The difference?

“Ocean’s Eleven” spent 17 times more money than “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and grossed $185 million dollars less.  “Ocean’s Eleven” was distributed by renowned Warner Brothers Motion Pictures.  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was distributed by a no-name, independent film company. 


“Ocean’s Eleven” featured a Team of Stars.  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” featured a Star Team.  ‘Nuff said!


My question to you:  are you on a team of stars – or a STAR TEAM? 

Comments (1)

Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Leadership seems to have become the favour of the month , for everywhere I turn everyone is talking about leadership. Successful leadership ,etc ... from University ( I was there last week for a case study) to the Sports Channel TSN ...

Thank you Paula,

Thank You for this wonderful share . Your's was the best story I have heard this month !

The image of your short story is powerful and I will be talking about it in my circle of contacts for some time to come !


Nor Yeretsian

Oct 21, 2010 06:42 AM