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CASE LENS ON SELF-IMAGE IN THE BACKDROP OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, THE BLIND SIDE

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, Case Lens
ET Cases, 4.36 Minutes

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Case Lens on SELF-IMAGE


Synopsis

This Case Lens on self-image, in the backdrop of Hollywood blockbuster – The Blind Side – is an attempt to learn how negative self-image can be changed to a positive self-image with external reinforcements. Self-image, in simple terms, is about the way one thinks and therefore values himself/herself. The movie highlights transformation in Michael Oher’s self-image from being highly negative to highly positive, thanks to Leigh Anne Tuohy and her family adopting, coaching, mentoring and giving him a wonderful life. In the backdrop of the movie, this Case Lens enables an interesting discussion on the importance of self-image both for personal and professional lives.

Prerequisite Viewing/Mandatory Viewing

The students/participants need to mandatorily watch the movie The Blind Side. Honoring all the expected IPR issues, every participant must be encouraged to buy a DVD of The Blind Side movie. 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 (video consisting the introduction and the accompanying five 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 classroom discussion
  • 2. Playing/exhibiting the Case Lens video in the classroom
  • 3. Ideally, the class should be divided into five 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 be executed 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 5 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 as a pedagogical tool can be used for either of the following:

  • MBA Programs: Organizational Behavior course – Self-image/Self-esteem/Self-concept module
  • Executive Development Programs/MDPs: To sensitize the participants to the role of external reinforcements in the process of transforming self-image


Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this Case Lens discussion/analysis, each of the participants/students should be able to understand/appreciate

  • • The role of self-image in personal and professional lives
  • • The role of external (positive) reinforcements in self-image transformation process

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Abstract


This Case Lens, on self-image, with the help of Hollywood blockbuster, The Blind Side, attempts to sensitize the participants to the importance of a positive self-image. Based on a true story, The Blind Side demonstrates the power of external and positive reinforcements and the effect of the same on self-image. Focused on how Michael Oher’s negative self-image (leading to low self-esteem) gets transformed into a positive self-image through Leigh Anne Tuohy’s munificent interventions, The Blind Side offers several insights on what it takes to be a true and positive influencer for a person suffering with extreme negative self-image. Why did Leigh Anne Tuohy go out of her way, convincing her family members to be a true change agent? How did other influencers – the teachers, the coach, his neighborhood friends, etc. – impact Michael Oher’s transition?





Pedagogical Objectives



  • To discuss and debate on the role of self-image in personal and professional lives

  • To understand the role of external (positive) reinforcements in the process of transforming self-image


Case Lens Positioning and Setting

This Case Lens as a pedagogical tool can be used for either of the following:



  • MBA Programs: Organizational Behavior course – Self-image/Self-esteem/Self-concept module

  • Executive Development Programs/MDPs: To sensitize the participants to the role of external reinforcements in the process of transforming self-image




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