Black Hawk Down

Nobody asks to be a hero, it just sometimes turns out that way.


For no reason whatsoever, I chose to watch Ridley Scott's 2001 film Black Hawk Down about an ill-fated U.S. military raid in 1993 in Somalia this week. In many ways, it could be overlooked as a typical war movie: good guys, bad guys. But few films have captured the sheer intensity of battle and the incredible courage of soldiers.

Through the well-orchestrated action sequences and amazing use of sound to depict the horrors of it all, there was something special in this film around the importance of teams. I know it may sound corny, but there's real lessons to be learned in this movie (or the book) regarding the importance of the team (heck, it looks like HBR even wrote about it).

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End Thoughts

Sergeant, you got your men this far.

You did it right today.

Now you gotta start thinking about getting them out of here.

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Jamie Larson