Business Lessons From ‘The Good Wife’
Within the slew of political dramas on TV today, one stood out among the rest. “The Good Wife” on CBS ran seven seasons, with the series finale airing on May 8. Ratings showed that the finale, with more than 10.4 million viewers, was Sunday’s most-watched program. According to Variety, the show exited with its largest audience since 2014. ‘The Good Wife’ was a big hit for small business owners and entrepreneurs. As we bid farewell to the show,’ we’ve pulled together a list of things entrepreneurs can pick up from the show.
The show follows Alicia Florrick, a scorned mother of two, who restarts her life as an attorney after her husband leaves his political seat due to scandal. Throughout the seasons, we see Alicia grow from an associate at her firm, to partner, to owning her own law practice, to political office — and all because of her stellar sense of ethics. She took on powerful pro bono cases, always honored client confidentiality and negotiated fairly. Entrepreneurs also need to have a strong sense of ethics to navigate through business deals, interact with clients and even hire employees. You may find that maintaining an ethical business keeps you out of trouble, and keeps your business flourishing.
Watching Alicia rise from the trenches to entrepreneurship is inspiring, even for those that don’t watch the show. Alicia navigates through life’s challenges with strategy and poise, which makes her incredibly successful and an ally to many people. Season after season, she builds relationships with attorneys, politicians, investigators and lobbyists. She ultimately gains her own business and prestige because of her strong ties. Building partnerships can do more for your business than prove your reliability, it can grow your business.
If there’s a common theme across ‘The Good Wife’ it’s that working hard pays off. Alicia was not only an attorney, putting in 60-hour weeks, but she was also a mom. Like other entrepreneur parents, she never failed to put parenting first and balanced work and family life brilliantly. Alicia never would have been as great in the courtroom if she hadn’t put in the extra effort researching the night before a big case. Alicia was known for leaving no stone unturned and leveraged her relationships with others, like investigator Kalinda Sharma, to win court cases and grow her business. Other characters like Diane Lockhart put her career above all else and in doing so, was nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court. ‘The Good Wife’ shows us that staying focused and working hard will not only improve your business, but it will also solidify your relationships with others, even family.
Dress like a leader
For characters on ‘The Good Wife,’ dressing the part of entrepreneurship wasn’t just a slogan. Throughout the seasons, members of leadership are always dressed for success. If characters like Alicia & Peter Florrick, Diane Lockhart or Cary Agos were dressed in t-shirts and gym shoes, would they have been so influential? It’s common for entrepreneurs and those working at startups to dress casual. However, if you’re headed to an investor meeting or hosting clients, play the part of leadership and wear business formal or business casual attire.
Originally published on the Line2 Blog