Toy Story 4 is long awaited in the Goodwin household.
Toy Story was released in 1995 yet it wasn’t till around 2013 I watched it for the first time,some 23 years later. I thought it was genius in the making and I wondered how I had let it pass me by for so long.
For extra special films we always take a trip to our favorite cinema – Everyman in the Mailbox Birmingham. Although I have to confess that my real favorite cinema will always be Quinton! Old-fashioned, basic, historic & simple!
Both my children have gone through Toy Story phases. We had our own episode of Toy Story when my youngest son lost Woody’s hat last autumn on the school run. Try spotting a small brown cowboy hat amongst the fallen leaves! Some kind soul propped the hat on a prominent place in Park Road, Hagley and I will be forever grateful. And interestingly just as Andy marked his name on Woody’s boot, I did the same. We label things that are important to us.
I thought it was so clever how Toy Story brought back to life toys from my generation – early 1980’s that had become deeply deposited nostalgia in the memory bank. Sindy ruled over Barbie in our house but I can remember the Fisher Price phone, Mr Potato Head, the Etch a Sketch and a slinky we played with on the stairs.
There are plenty of themes and undercurrents that relate to life, the workplace and HR from Toy Story.
Firstly there’s strategy ‘to infinity and beyond’ and whilst it might be a little unrealistic – it exists and the team have a vision and a stretching target to aim for!
Woody was none too happy when Buzz showed up, vying for the attention of Andy and doing whatever he could do ensure he remained in first spot. Eventually the Space Ranger Superhero won Woody over and acceptance of someone new and little bit different became the norm.
I can relate to this in my school life and career. I might not have had an impressive laser beam but there have been times I have to hold my own and prove my worth to be accepted. I think that’s why I make extra effort to welcome others and talk to new people because lessons from my teenage years in being accepted in a different community when you are from planet Zutron (well Halesowen, with that strange black country twang) still ring true now.
When Andy grows tired of his favorite toy Woody – change becomes hard to accept. It stirs emotions of fear, disappointment, anger and resentment which are all totally relevant to change management in the workplace and life.
Woody does remarkably demonstrate that his leaderships skills are his greatest asset to motivate a team in the face of adversity. The toys work together on several occasions to find their way back home each with unique strengths and weaknesses to overcome the hurdles.
I’ll end my first short blog on the fact that I love the lyrics in ‘you got a friend in me’.“You’ve got a friend in me, When the road looks rough ahead, And you’re miles and miles from your nice warm bed. You just remember what your old pal said, Boy, you’ve got a friend in me”.
Loyalty is important to me, I place high expectation on it. I give and I expect loyalty. I’ve always serve my friends, family and employers loyally. My first friendships from the age of 4 at primary school are steadfast “we stick together, we can see it through” and I’ve collected so many important relationships along the way.
There’s so much more to this story that I haven’t touched on, jealously, rivalry, growing old, moving on which is why I think it’s so genius. It pretty much touches on all good morals and principles of life.
Let me know your favorite toy from your childhood that you identify with in the film or your favourite lesson from Toy Story! I love feedback.
Off to book the tickets now for Toy Story 4!