Tyler Perry was back home in Atlanta last week and took the time to sit down and share some of his hard-earned knowledge with the audience at Coca-Cola’s inaugural Refresh Your Best Self Leadership Summit—an event curated by the company’s Multicultural Leadership Council.
Coca-Cola’s North America President, Jim Dinkins, conducted the sit-down Q&A that spanned numerous topics across Perry’s career.
There were many inspiring touch-points during the discussion, but one surrounding Perry’s legendary work ethic offered a window into the uncharted waters that he is navigating each and every day; highlighting how unique the empire he is building truly is.
“I work side by side with my people, 12 to 14 hours a day. I’m in the trenches with them. I’m not asking them to do anything I’m not doing. It’s a culture not of ‘I think I can,’ but of ‘I know I will’ It’s about leading by example and letting them know nothing is impossible.”
“What I’ve managed to do in television and film has never been done before by anyone… in 25 years with over 1,000 episodes of television owned by one person, 20 films owned by one person, six number-one movies, the number-one cable TV show on Tuesday nights owned by one person… one man writing, directing, producing. Movies take a year-and-a-half to shoot. My last movie was shot in eight days. We have a culture of people who know we do this differently,” Perry said.
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