It's easy to draw comparisons between the worlds of business and entertainment, and the challenges and successes faced by the Hollywood elite are often similar to those faced by executives and other players in the business world.
Here are some quotes from leading Hollywood icons taken from a book called "Inspirational Hollywood" by Ronald Warren Deutsch. See if you can draw similarities to challenges faced by business leaders today, and apply their advice to solving these challenges.
1) Sir Laurence Olivier (on connecting with your audience) - "If you can reveal to an audience what lies within them, you can be as important as a philosopher, a psychiatrist, a doctor, a minister or whatever. You have to feel and love not only your own role - or some element of it - but also feel and love the audience. Sounds sentimental, I'm afraid, but there you have it."
2) John Wayne (on perspective) - "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we learned something from yesterday."
3) Katharine Hepburn (on attitude and life) - "Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh."
4) Louis B. Mayer (on work strategy) - "You know why I'm smart? I got people around me who know more than I do."
5) Samuel Goldwyn (on how to do things) - "I don't want yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs."
Who are your favourite Hollywood icons, and what could they have taught you about life - or about how to run a business? Do you think that the business world contains elements traditionally found in theatre or moviemaking?