Almost heaven: West Virginia…

If you never imagined what Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Seth McFarlane, and Adam Driver might look like in an “Ocean’s Eleven meets Huckleberry Finn” movie, you’re not alone. (And it’s OK. You probably shouldn’t have seen it coming. It’s not your fault.)

Instead of Mini Coopers and European scenery, we see NASCAR racing and muscle cars. Instead of tuxedos, charm, and sophistication, we hear one liners like, “I know everything there is to know about computers. OK? All the Twitters. I know ‘em.” and “Did you just say, ‘Caulifower’ to me?” Instead of Magic Mike and James Bond, we get Jeff Foxworthy and Sideshow Bob.

Logan Lucky is a very fun ride, having gentle (loving) fun with stereotypical southern working-class society. John Denver rules the soundtrack as a recurring theme, and the movie has a strong focus on family, loyalty, and hard work. The Logans are a family who has not been financially successful—they work hard, but seem to be stuck with the “Logan Family Curse”.

As a tongue-in-cheek, exaggerated satire of heist movies, Logan Lucky is an unexpectedly fun ride. Few of the characters in the movie are played by actors that would seem to have been good casting fits. The southern drawls are (seemingly intentionally) NOT VERY GOOD. The characters seem to be slow and dim-witted but prove to be the opposite. The comedy doesn’t use overt silliness or slapstick elements—its satire is so understated that it’s not very funny. It’s only through the character development and story telling that the full effect of the comedy begins to take shape.

While heist movies like Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job rely on intricate plans and sophisticated technology to achieve a cinematic effect, Logan Lucky uses similar elements to fully establish and reveal the comedy. Add in some surprisingly powerful emotional elements, and it becomes a very lovable movie experience.

Logan Lucky is a surprisingly realistic metaphor for real-life business situations.

Often we expect companies to run themselves like the well-oiled machines we see in traditional heist movies:

  • All possible technology is available and affordable
  • All the right people (with appropriate loyalty and competence) are available and affordable
  • Everything always goes as planned
  • Many moving heroic pieces must be in place to make big things happen
  • When things fail, dramatic interventions fix the situation

Reality is different for many companies, and tend to look more like Logan Lucky:

  • Technology is expensive, and organizations are slow to adapt new technology
  • It is often difficult to get the right people in the right positions doing the right things
  • Plans rarely work out
  • Hard-working, conscientious people doing good things consistently get predictable results
  • Loyalty, kindness, and humility tend to help organizations weather the storms

The Logan family’s approach to planning and execution of their business plans was effective, and nobody expected the results they saw. The Logans looked for people with the proper skills and availability and negotiated deals that worked well for everybody. They adopted the technology and workflows that would get the jobs done in the most efficient ways possible. Although the Logans selected their people well, they used proper security in their systems that gave the proper information to the proper people—they kept sensitive information in ONLY the hands of those that would serve the best interests of the operation.

Not every organization needs every tool available in an ERP system or software package. Not every user needs every functionality. A good ERP system allows the best mix of features, functionality, user access, and license cost. Not every ERP matches every situation.

Make sure you evaluate all your options.