Business lessons from ‘Breaking Bad’

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Breaking Bad, the popular cable TV drama that celebrated its series finale this past Sunday, has been lauded by fans and critics alike as one of the best shows in history since it first debuted back in 2008. The series has won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards including three consecutive Best Actor wins for Bryan Cranston and a (long-overdue) victory this year in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

And now, you can add another admitedly surprising accolade to that impressive list: “one of the best studies available of the dynamics of modern business.”

So says The Economist magazine in an article from this week’s edition, which points to a variety of MBA-level learnings culled from the show’s five seasons on the air, including:

  • “High-growth businesses come from unexpected places” … and people
  • Ambition, product obsession and alliances/partnerships are key
  • “The breakdown of relations between business partners, thanks to the acids of ego, greed and paranoia, is a perennial business problem.”
  • Don’t forget work-life balance
  • Hubris is destructive.

To read the full story from The Economist, click here.

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