Mette Norgaard

Unified Resources



At work we move between two forms of energy: being open and inclusive (taking in information) and directing attention (advancing the agenda). An effective way to animate our goals is to craft a pithy sentence and say it out loud many times each day. The movie Moana shows how such a statement can strengthen one’s resolve, resourcefulness, and resilience. 

On her deathbed, Moana’s grandmother asks the impossible. Moana is to travel across the seas, find the shapeshifting demi-god Maui, and declare, “I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat, sail across the ocean, and restore the heart of Te Fiti.” An unreasonable request, of course, and Moana’s only support is her grandmother’s spirit, a stowaway chicken, and the ocean.

When watching the movie (a great family activity), look for the times the quest is spoken out loud, and how Moana goes from being internally divided to unified.