5 Things Hocus Pocus Can Teach You about Teamwork

It’s time to dim the lights, curl up under a blanket and turn on your favorite Halloween flick. If you’re a Millennial, parent of a Millennial or have been coherent for the last 22 years, then you know Hocus Pocus is a Halloween classic. Every October, I grab a bowl (or a cauldron) of miniature candies, light some candles and invite the Sanderson sisters to spook my inner child into Halloween oblivion.

Now, as an adult, I do my best to fully immerse myself into the film, but reality is reality and I share my focus between the television and Instagram, online shopping, text messages and my growing inbox. I know, I know, it’s a bad habit. As I check my email for an update on a current project, I realize that Hocus Pocus and my project actually have a common denominator. They both survive and succeed with teamwork.

Take a look at the 5 things Hocus Pocus taught me and then reward yourself with some candy and a good movie. Abracadabra… teamwork!


1. Stay organized by keeping notes, drafts and resources all in one place.

The Sanderson sisters used their spell book, Book, to keep them on their game. It’s important that everyone has access to all the materials needed to get the project done. My team couldn’t live without Central Desktop by PGi to help us collaborate around files, combine knowledge, inspire ideas and manage projects.

2. Utilize everyone in the group. Each of them is an asset.

Although Thackery Binx is a talking cat, he is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the Sanderson sisters and all their tricks. Everyone is key player on your team, so treat them as such. Utilize each person’s best abilities to get the best outcome. Remember, more minds are greater than one.

3. Obstacles are unavoidable. Don’t try to fix them on your own. Work together.

Poor Max could not avoid the town’s two punks, Ernie and Jay. It seemed like everywhere he went, there they were trying to get in his way. There will always be speed bumps when working on a project. It’s better to work together to overcome them than to waste time trying to fix them alone. If you need help, ask for it!

4. Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Remember when Mr. Billy Butcherson finally opened his mouth and ended up being a great help to the group? Who knows what would have happened if he didn’t choose to speak up. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas or voice your opinion.

5. Assign tasks to help meet the deadline.

The Sanderson sisters were working against the clock. They had to suck the life out of children before sunrise otherwise they’d turn to stone. Spoiler Alert: they turned to stone. Maybe if they had worked better together and stopped bickering, they could have spent more time sucking lives. Remember, the best way to meet a deadline is to work together in the beginning and assign tasks, then divide and conquer to drive it home. R.I.P witches. Thank you for showing us what not to do!

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