CASE LENS ON SELF-CONFIDENCE IN THE BACKDROP OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, THE KARATE KID
This Case Lens on self-confidence, prepared in the backdrop of Hollywood movie – The Karate Kid, aims to let the participants understand the various ways to build self-confidence, through the lens of the protagonist of the movie, Dre Parker (Dre). An under-confident Dre embraces Kung-Fu and eventually builds confidence and wins Open Kung-Fu Tournament.
Prerequisite Viewing/Mandatory Viewing
• The students/participants need to mandatorily watch the movie The Karate Kid and ET Cases’ - Case Lens on Self-Confidence.
• In order not to violate the IPR laws, every participant must be encouraged to acquire a copy of the movie (The Karate Kid) through legally approved means and format. The temptation of either exhibiting the movie in the classroom or the students/participants downloading the movie from any hosting sites should be desisted lest we set unwarranted precedents in violating mandatory IPRs.
This Case Lens (the video introducing this Case Lens and the accompanying 5 questions) can be orchestrated in the classroom in the following suggested flow:
1. Asking the students/participants to view the movie 2-3 days before the scheduled classroom discussion
2. Playing the Case Lens video in the classroom
3. Ideally, the class should be divided into 5 Learning Teams and ask them to prepare for all the questions. After giving them about 15 minutes, the classroom discussion/analysis should be attempted. This can happen either by asking one of the teams randomly to present their analysis or each team should be allowed to lead a discussion for each of the questions.
4. Each question would take varying times (the suggested timings are given in Exhibit (TN)-I) and it is highly recommended that the last few minutes should be spent on debriefing and synthesizing. The debriefing segment should be used to synthesize the expected learning outcomes of this Case Lens
Case Lens Positioning and Setting
This Case Lens can be used for either of the following:
- •MBA Programs – HRM Course – Career Management Module – To understand the importance of building self-confidence in shaping an individual’s personal and professional growth
- •Executive Development Programs/MDPs – To sensitize the participants to the influence of positive and negative influences of self-confidence on professional behavior
Expected Learning Outcomes
- • The process and importance of building self-confidence as one of the key life skills
- • Influence of one’s efforts and the influencing ecosystem in building self-confidence
- • Influence of positive and negative ecosystems on one’s self-confidence
- I. After having watched the movie, you would have connected to one of the two main lead characters of the movie – Dre and Mr. Han. Which of these two characters do you connect to and why?
- II. In the movie, there are quite a few instances where Dre’s jacket was being referred to. When you connect the dots between these sequences, what is your insight and how is the same connected to Dre being successful?
- III. ...........
Preamble to the Case Lens Discussion
The purpose of this Case Lens is to help understand the various ways to build self-confidence as one of the key life skills. Assuming that the students/participants would have watched the movie before the classroom discussion, this Case Lens poses a series of questions on how important are results for a building self-confidence.
There can be several questions coming out of the discussion (Annexure I for classroom discussion board) on this Case Lens. The faculty/facilitator should encourage as many questions as possible, for, asking right questions is in itself a skill for any thriving professional. Accordingly, Exhibit (TN)-II captures the questions (definitely not exhaustive) that were raised during the classroom discussion as well as the authors’ teaching plan discussions.............