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The Top 100 Movie Quotes for HR Pros: #98 is "Great Kid, Don't Get Cocky..."

New series at the Capitalist: The Top 100 Movie Quotes of all time for HR Pros.  In no special order, I break down the 100 movie quotes that resonate most for me as a career HR pro.  Some will be funny, some will be serious... Some will tug at your heart like when the Fox voice-over guy said, "Tonight - a very special episode of 90210"... You get the vibe... I'll do it countdown-style like they're ranked, but let's face it - they're ALL special...

#98 - From Han Solo in the original Star Wars - "Great Kid, Don't Get Cocky..."

Don't remember this one?  Think back to the original Star Wars, the scene is a space fight where Han Han-solo-200-1 Solo, Luke and the gang are trying to survive a space shoot out with some enemy fighters.  Luke takes the position of tail gunner and after experiencing his first enemy kill, yells, "Got Him!!" with all the hope and vigor you'd expect from a rookie.

Han, the veteran understanding that it's not time to celebrate yet, responds over his headset with "Great Kid, Don't Get Cocky...".

Why is that a great HR quote?  Mainly because in your life as an HR pro, you've witnessed overconfidence that's presented itself in multiple ways.  The rookie who celebrates too early, unaware of the challenges they still face.  The veteran who celebrates because they desperately need a win, craving some attention.

And then there's you.  You have more information than most.  You know the early rookie celebration is premature, because the project's about to be killed.  You understand the veteran celebration is way early as well, since the person in question is viewed as a low performer by some in the organization.  You have the information.  They don't.  They're about to get crushed by what happens next.

So you do what you can, offering up some encouragement mixed with coaching, tipping them off to next steps that would be a good idea to maximize their chances of success moving forward.  The message is your version of Han Solo's advice:  It's not over yet.  Nice job, but you've still got some work to do.  You have to encourage, warn and provide counsel, all at the same time.  Without giving up confidential information that person can't have.

You're Han Solo.  The big brother or sister who's there to guide the youngsters, the ones trying to make their way.  

Good luck with that.  Original clip appears below (email subscribers click through for video)...


Pat Wood

I love this quote, and not just because I'm a huge Star Wars fan. You did a great job applying it to the HR world. It's hard to be the one that knows what's coming but can't directly come out and tell/direct the person to avoid it. "It's not over yet." Some up what you can say really well... but I still like "Great kid. Don't get cocky" more.:P

This series is going really well, keep it up, I can't wait for the next one.

97 more to go.

Don't get cocky.

Steve Boese

Solid choice from Star Wars - more so since you did not opt for the easy way out with a tired Yoda quote about trying or not trying, or whatever he said.

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