Is the success of your career or organization at risk because you or your colleagues are reluctant to adopt better managerial improvement methods? Adaptation is necessary in any industry – even the movies. Let’s use the example of cinema to demonstrate how careers can fizzle out due to reluctance to change with the times.

The first movies, of course, did not have any sound, and the popularity of silent films peaked in 1928. The shift to “talkies” – where a soundtrack was added to movies – was quick, and not all the directors and actors who were successful during the silent film era made the transition. In fact, director D.W. Griffith was the most prominent pioneer of American films but was unable to adapt as film evolved to include sound.

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