I come up with this series of posts “what can we learn from” some time ago, basically I will have a look from time to time at some fictional characters from out modern culture and try to write down what I have noticed about them. I strongly believe that we can learn a bit of something from everyone on this planet, and since fictional characters are so over the top with there behaviour I think they are a good place to start. And what better first candidate than “The world’s best boss” Michael Scott.
Here is a bit of boring static information about Mr. Scott (from Wikipedia.org)
Michael Gary Scott (born March 15, 1964) is a fictional character in NBC’s The Office, portrayed by Steve Carell and based onDavid Brent from the original UK version of the program. Michael is the central character of the series, serving as Regional Manager of the Scranton branch of paper distribution company Dunder Mifflin Inc. from season one through seven. However, he leaves Dunder Mifflin temporarily to form the Michael Scott Paper Company during the late end of the fifth season and shares a co-managerial position with Jim Halpert during a sixth season arc from “The Meeting” to “The Manager and the Salesman”. In the end of the seventh season, he proposes to HR representative Holly Flax and moves to Colorado to take care of her ageing parents, leaving the manager position to Deangelo Vickers in “Goodbye, Michael” and ultimately to Andy Bernard in season eight.
Before I start listing the positives and negatives and what can we learn and use in our own life, make sure you actually have seen the show (“The Office” US version) so you will understand exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen the show or Michael in action at the end of this post I will put a compilation video of him. Even though you won’t grasp entirely hi’s awesomeness/weirdness you will get a small idea what he’s up to.
OK let’s get down to business.
The thing about Mr.Scott is that he is absolutely awesome to watch, but from distance and if you are not related or know him in any way. Unfortunately there are a lot of Michael G. Scott type of people in real life. And most of them don’t even realise it. I hope I’m not one of those people 😀
The good side of Michael Scott:
He’s really entertaining for other people – like I said even though he’s style of comedy and entertainment is self-destructing and politicly incorrect (without even knowing it) the man is funny and you cannot take that away from him.
A good hearted person – he’s a sweetheart and you can see that very quickly, he cannot hurt a fly (I’m not sure he knows how).
Has a lot of compassion for others – even though he’s the boss in the office, he’s always good to people (ok well kind of, he’s a crazy loose cannon so you need to keep that in mind all the time) and tries to help out as much as he can (even though he never does) and I think that compassion is kind of rear especially in the western world, so well done Michael. 🙂
Able to express emotion – Hmm well if braking down in tears for every little thing, proposing to women marriage after a few dates and constantly telling everyone that you love them and creeping them out is expressing emotions then yes, he’s fine in that department. But at the end of the day it’s a comedy show so they need to make him as silly as possible.
So what have we learn (from the good sides) so far – If there is one thing that you can take away from this show (besides the many hours covered in laughter tears) is that being a good kind of person is something really special nowadays, do it with moderation, balance in your behaviour and confidence and you will be useful to society.
The bad sides of Michael Scott:
He’s style of managements is just awful – the thing about him is that he want’s to be one of the gang, one of the fellas and not stand out as a manager or boss but more as a equal guy in the office. Bad at making vital decisions, weak at delegating and taking charge. Overall bad at everything. He even dresses poorly. 🙁
He does business to have friends – One thing that bothered me, and I felt sorry about him is that he was doing business just so he can have friends and win there approval. Not cool Mike, not cool. Do business for other reasons but not for this one.
Not strong and affirmative – he’s weak in every department of life, money, women, business and personal life. He doesn’t come across as a well grounded and strong man in any way.
Act’s like a clown – there is a huge difference between being humorous and witty with your jokes and being the clown of the class. Everybody laughs at him not with him.
So what have we learn (from the bad sides) so far – there is a lot to be learned from this character, and most of all is don’t seek approval from no one other than yourself. If you look closely you will see that the main reason of he’s behaviour is seeking approval. If you’re going to run a business be a leader, if your going to be funny be humorous don’t be a clown and don’t do business just so you will have friends.
Well my friends this is it, I know that this is only a fictional character but I’m a believer that there is a lesson in every aspect of life. And I heard once a TV show writer say that “every fictional character is a combination of real life people” so let’s use this kind hearted funny man for our entertainment and learning as well 🙂
At the end of the day we all have a bit of Michael Scott inside us I guess.
Oh yes before I forget, Steve Carrel (who plays Michael Scott) absolutely awesome job and a big well done for that performance, we like you and Michael no hard feelings.