Kurosawa's Sanjuro is a very good movie for those who are interested in learning how to assess (or read) a situation in terms of its configuration.
Throughout the movie, he indirectly advised them to do the following steps:
- Assess their situation patiently with the tangible truth;
- Sort through the information; and
- Act on rational logic not on emotional impulse.
This grand lesson was repeated many times.
Scenes From the Movie
- Board meeting
- Just Giving Me Some Money
- Staking Out the Enemy
- Three Cats and A Tiger
- Two Unsheathed Swords
Throughout the movie, Sanjuro almost always made quality decisions- except for the choice of the Komyo Temple for his story and the picking of the flowers at the wrong time (for the purpose of signaling his group of samurai to raid the targeted house).
The Dao of Decision Management
There are a few good lessons for the budding chief decision makers:
Instead of vaulting into an uncertain tactical situation, the smart strategist must ensure that he/she have the right set of information before ever concluding a tangible decision.
Whenever, one is not focused on their current task-objective while not being mindful of their setting and beyond, the probability of errors will definitely rise.
In a chaotic setting, remember that good swords are kept in their sheaths
Sugino is the man with a beard who trained Toshiro Mifune in the way of the sword for the movie Yojimbo and Sanjuro.