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CASE LENS ON SELF-CONFIDENCE IN THE BACKDROP OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, THE KARATE KID*

CASE LENS, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
ET Cases, 3.26 Minutes
AUTHOR(S) : A. J. Swapna and Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary

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CASE LENS ON SELF-CONFIDENCE IN THE BACKDROP OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, THE KARATE KID

 

Synopsis

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.

Classroom Orchestration

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

 

Assignment Questions

  • 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.............

Case Lens: Classroom Discussion and Analysis

Self-Confidence Exercise by the Faculty

Before getting on with this Case Lens analysis, 3-5 minutes were spent on a warm-up exercise/activity, to encourage the participants to brainstorm about their own positive abilities and negative attributes. The idea was to raise awareness on participant’s own sense of self-confidence. To increase self-confidence the first step was to identify each participant’s abilities. Few questions that aided in this exercise/activity are listed out in Exhibit (TN)-III..........

To complete the exercise/activity the faculty should read each participants form carefully because for Questions 1-7 there are no right or wrong answers, for Questions 8-10, along with the other questions if the response is negative it would indicate low self-confidence, while few positive and few negative responses would indicate moderate self-confidence and if it is completely positive response it would indicate high self-confidence. The faculty may also attempt positive self-talk, visualization and role play, if need be, to raise self-confidence among the participants......................

I. Presentation by Learning Team 1

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?

Participants of learning team 1 opined that the movie was very entertaining and touching with some strong moral elements and said that it was one such movie where adults and kids can not only enjoy the film together but also come out with the same emotions and lessons/learning. The film showcases Mr. Han teaching Dre, Kung-Fu and also being open to learning from his student. Undoubtedly, several participants would have related to each of these characters for a variety of reasons, the discussion by the team is captured in Exhibit (TN)-IV....................

Exhibits

Exhibit (TN)-I: The Case Lens’ Classroom Orchestration

Exhibit (TN)-II: Discussion Questions

Exhibit (TN)-III: Self-Confidence Awareness Exercise/Activity

Exhibit (TN)-VI: Karate Kid, Lead Characters and Possible Connect

Exhibit (TN)-VII: Yin-Yang of Self-Confidence

Exhibit (TN)-VIII: Desired Skills to Build High Self-Confidence

Exhibit (TN)-IX: Self-Confidence Spirals-Meiying and Dre

Exhibit (TN)-X: Broad Contours of Self-Confidence

Exhibit (TN)-XI: Self-Confidence Ecosystem (influence of positive and negative ecosystems)

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Abstract

This Case Lens on self-confidence is prepared in the backdrop of Hollywood movie, The Karate Kid. Self-Confidence being one of the most important and sought-after traits in any seasoned corporate executive it is imperative to understand the ways to build it. While there are innumerable ways to improve self-confidence, this movie underscores important and practical ways to build self-confidence. After landing in China along with his mother, Dre Parker (Dre) takes a special liking to Meiying, a music-practicing student in his school. Irked with this, Cheng and his gang warn Dre of dire consequences and the animosity builds up to the extent of settling scores from both the ends which ends up Dre almost getting killed, had he not been rescued by the maintenance man, Mr. Han. To buy peace Dre was challenged to win the Open Kung-Fu tournament. The movie showcases how Dre gets trained by Mr. Han and eventually wins Open Kung-Fu tournament.



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To understand the process and importance of building self-confidence as one of the key life skills
  • To discuss on how Dre’s self-confidence spiral was built with cohesive efforts of Dre himself, his coach Mr. Han and the influencing ecosystem around him
  • To debate on the influence of positive and negative ecosystems on one’s self-confidence

Case Lens Positioning and Setting

This Case Lens can be used in the following Post-graduate Programs:

  • 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


*It should be noted that participants/ students are expected to see the movie before they participate in a classroom discussion/analysis of any of the CASELENS’ products



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