Organizational Behaviors Analysis in ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’
The movie ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ is a good resource for the organizational behaviors analysis. And I will focus on the ‘Teams’, ‘Leadership’ and ‘Personality’ to analysis some facts in this movie. First I will focus on the teams of Ocean’s thirteen. The team is a highly organized and efficient team. I think they perform all 3 kinds of typical tasks which include production tasks, decision-making tasks and creativity tasks. And the team is comprehensive interdependence as all its members’ work will affect each other and also affects the outcome of their whole job.
And although the members of Ocean’s thirteen include people with different race, ethnicity, age, personality, interests, knowledge, skills and abilities, but they have similar core value. And although they have a great chance to have relational conflict which may cause a very bad result, they surprisingly get along with each other and easily cooperate with each other. Here are some examples about Ocean thirteen’s teamwork. The team of Ocean’s thirteen has 2 plans.
The first plan was to prevent the Bank’s hotel from winning the prestigious ‘Five Diamond Rating Prize’ and the second plan was to rig the casino’s slot machines and other games’ machines in the casino to let the players win more than $500 million in total across the casino in order to force Willy Bank to give up the control of that casino to the board. For their first plan, Saul acted as the fake reviewer for ‘Five Diamond Rating Prize’ and they bribed an ambitious concierge called Debbie to treat the real reviewer badly and led the real reviewer into a room that other 2 members of Ocean’s thirteen had already sabotaged.
And they also gave money to a waiter to let that waiter tell the real reviewer that he could not enjoy a meal at an Italian restaurant which was actually empty at that time because he did not reserve for a seat. And that waiter also advised the real reviewer to go to a Chinese-Sichuan restaurant called ‘Ling Su’. And then the real reviewer got the food which was changed by a member of Ocean’s thirteen and that food made him vomit in his hotel room later.
And he found that there were a lot of small insects on his room’s bed sheets, so he was very angry of it and gave a very bad evaluation to that hotel for the ‘Five Diamond Rating Prize’. For their second plan, the members of Ocean’s thirteen work in the positions that they are good at. Denny Ocean commanded the overall situation and coordinated with different parties. Rusty played as a fake seismologist in order to convince Willy to put a ‘standard torsion seismograph’ equipment, which was actually a surveillance machine for the Ocean’s thirteen, on his office’s desk to register for the foreshock of an earthquake.
Turk went to Mexico to deal with the strike of the factories that provided the dices and other casino appliances the Ocean’s thirteen used to cheat that casino later. Basher worked as a person to create ‘earthquake’ in the casino. Yen first acted as a Chinese super-high roller to get access to the central room of the hotel and then walked into the shafts from that room. Frank and Saul worked together to let Willy use the ‘Nuff Said’ at center of that casino. And Linus seduced Sponder in order to get into the room where Willy hided diamonds.
And Virgil voluntarily asked to handle the task of hacking the casino’s computer after the original hacker Livingston was caught by a federal agent. And there are also many other facts that I am not going to list in detail show the highly cooperation in the team of Ocean’s thirteen. Secondly, I will talk about the leadership in Ocean’s thirteen. As the main leader of Ocean’s thirteen is Danny Ocean, I will focus on the leadership and personality of Danny Ocean. Danny Ocean is a great leader.
He has a personality of conscientiousness and extraversion. He is knowledgeable, dependable, organized, reliable, hardworking, persevering, sociable and passionate. And he has great ability of summarizing other people’s ideas and drawing a final decision that combines the advantages from other people’s ideas. He also has great emotional intelligence. He has the ability to recognize and understand the emotions other people are feeling and the ability to control his feelings and quickly recover from some serious emotional experience.
As a result, he can harness those emotions and use those emotions to improve his chances in leading the Ocean’s thirteen to successfully complete several tough tasks. In addition, he processes the consultative type of leadership. And he has transformational leadership. He mostly uses initiating structure leadership behaviors to make sure that every member of Ocean’s thirteen to try their best to do the job as well as using consideration leadership behaviors by creating relationships with mutual trust, respect and consideration of feelings of other Ocean’s thirteen members.
So he is able to make every member of Ocean’s thirteen to have a good mood at work and let the work efficiencies of Ocean’s thirteen remain high all the time. In brief, combining with the plots of other 2 movies ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ and “Ocean’s Twelve’, I think Danny Ocean is the main reason that Ocean’s members had a great performance in every major task they take. At last, I’d like to talk the personality of some roles in this movie. I have already talked about the personality of Danny Ocean’s personality in the previous paragraph.
And I will focus on 2 people with entirely different personality – Reuben and Willy. Reuben has a personality of agreeableness. He is kind, cooperative, warm and loyal to his friends. So when he was destroyed by Willy, his loyal band of friends quickly got together and began to get revenge for Reuben, even to work with their enemy – Terry Benedict. In the other hand, Willy has a personality of Neuroticism and Extraversion. He is moody, insecure, jealous, unstable, assertive, dominant, greedy and sinister.
He is a typical villain with no mercy and extremely low moral awareness. His employees were afraid of him and his partners hated him. So even though he had done a really good job in operating his previous hotels, many members of the broad of his new hotel still did not like him and many employees of him easily betrayed him by cooperating with Ocean’s thirteen. To sum up, the ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ is really a great movie. And I also have a better understanding of the things I’ve learnt from Organizational Behavior course by watching this movie.