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  1. Nick Van Lear
    Nov 16 - 7:27 am

    Huge Michael Jackson fan, interesting take. He was so gifted and talented, haven’t thought about looking to MJ for leadership inspiration. Will certainly have to check out “This is It.”

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  2. Maria
    Nov 16 - 7:36 am

    I found your post very powerful because it is exactly the same feeling I had while watching the movie.

    I was a definite fan back in his Thriller days and had his posters up on my wall and always enjoyed his music and performances. I can’t even imagine how it is to live your life so sheltered from “normal” life and not having “normal” friendships and relationships with people, not knowing if they are only wanting to be near you because you are famous.

    Like you, I was definitely amazed at the grace and respect he showed to others. And, watching how he wanted to give his all and for those around him to give their all so that his fans could have the best experience, you felt the love he had for his fans and for those around him.

    Like you, I felt a deep sense of loss for not being able to see him enjoy the fruits of his labor. And to watch all of those around him and their hard work and what could have been – so many what ifs.

    My children now have an appreciation for his music and dancing and I feel that it has come full circle. There is now a new generation that will continue his legacy through their music and dancing that was so influenced by him.

    I am neither defending nor excusing anything in his personal life because only he can do that. However, I do appreciate the person he was as a performer and a leader. He truly showed what can be accomplished when you give encouragement and positivity in your actions as a leader. Sometimes all it takes is showing a bit of gratitude towards others.

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    Nov 16 - 7:36 am

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  4. Anushka
    Nov 16 - 8:38 am

    Nice posting.

  5. blondy
    Nov 16 - 9:32 am

    I share exactly the same sentiments with you.after watching the movie I had a different view of MJ.I enjoyed the way he interacted with his colleague more than his singing and dancing[his voice was impeccable and you wouldnt believe he was dancing with 20 yr old guys] cos it gave me some insight into jackson the man.I feel every ceo/leader should watch the movie to see how they can motivate and bring out the best in their workers.he definitely was the greatest entertainer of our time.

  6. hotpants™
    Nov 16 - 11:37 am

    I already loved Michael, but left with so much more respect for him after the film. I saw it on Saturday.

  7. Magi
    Nov 16 - 11:44 am

    I’ll take your word for it.

    I grew up with Michael Jackson. I had Jackson 5 records and watched the cartoon show. I remember him going solo and enjoyed his music. I also remember the controversy and could never quite get over the feeling that something was off there.

    There are still too many unanswered questions, that are really none of my business, to let me enjoy being his fan again. I do believe he acted inappropriately with children. I don’t know if he acted illegally with them. There is enough doubt there for me to feel comfortable.

    These types of feelings have also stopped me from seeing any Woody Allen movie since he went public with Soon-Yi or any Roman Polanski films.

  8. rc
    Nov 16 - 12:07 pm

    Great post! I need to see that movie.

  9. Loralee
    Nov 16 - 2:01 pm

    I can see this. I wasn’t “in” to his music but as a fellow musician it is easy that he is a musical genius and an UH-MAY-ZEENG performer.

    My attitude about him has changed. And not because he died but because we’ve seen more exposure to his actual life instead of the weird public things he did.

    I think it changed at his funeral.

    What did it?

    His daughter.

    He could have spent MILLIONS in PR firms to improve his image that wouldn’t have even touched the repair to his image that came about by those 30 seconds by his daughter.

    I think that history will remember him much more kindly then they did when he was alive.

  10. Loralee
    Nov 16 - 2:03 pm

    P.S. I am making no statements about what he did or didn’t do. (Bare minimum there was weirdess going on that certainly seemed…odd) I am speaking mainly that I was much more able to see him as a human with good traits after all of this.

  11. Erica
    Nov 16 - 3:13 pm

    I used to listen to his albums as a kid on my Fisher Price record player and I would dance around and belt them out. I loved Billie Jean…and I also loved the song he did when he was a kid, Ben. I really want to see, This Is It, but I am not sure if I will get a chance to in the theaters. They will release it to video at some point, right? I hope so.

  12. Sky
    Nov 16 - 4:30 pm

    “But every word he said was kind and gracious. Even if he was correcting or suggesting a different approach, he spoke with sincere respect. ”

    Yes, yes, yes, yes…a million times…YES!

    The absolute perfect post. I love it. Thank you!

  13. maria
    Nov 16 - 4:38 pm

    Very well said Susan. I feel the same way. I have seen the movie 7 times and plan to see it several times more before i can purchase the DVD. I come away from ther theater having learning something new each time about how great a perfomrmer and a human being Michael was. I listen to his music in the car and at work all the time. I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness every day. IT is refrehing to read good positive comments about a much misunderstood genius. Love to all.

  14. Cascia
    Nov 16 - 5:46 pm

    What an amazing article about a very talented artist. I agree that he was a genius. I haven’t seen that show yet, but I did grow up listening to his music just like most children of the eighties. He was an icon and will be forever missed.

  15. Jessica Jones
    Nov 16 - 6:02 pm

    now i want to see it even more! got to get out of the house

  16. LizzieB
    Nov 16 - 6:50 pm

    Susan, thanks for writing such a beautiful and thoughtful post about a controversial musical genius. I left the movie with many of the same feelings you had. Thanks for sharing your honest views.

  17. Lyndon
    Nov 17 - 3:14 am

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  18. Maria Grazia
    Nov 17 - 4:56 am

    What a touching article, Susan! He was a genius, but most of all he was a great human being. If you want to know the real Michael, please visits the, in particular Charitable Activities. Thank you.

  19. Maureen
    Nov 17 - 12:35 pm

    I just saw the movie yesterday and while I was watching I was thinking the movie would be something my young boys would like just because of the great music and dancing. There were no swear words, it was so refreshing. Only thing is they have the pretty intense Thriller scene so I think I’ll have to wait for DVD so I can skip over that part when the boys watch the movie.

    I grew up with MJ’s music and really like the earlier stuff (not so much the more recent stuff) and while I’m not a fan of MJ as a person, I really enjoyed the music. It was nice to see something involving him that wasn’t so focused on the bizarre and just on the music and his artistry.

  20. Brandon R Allen
    Nov 17 - 1:17 pm

    I definitely was impressed with how he handled people in the show as well. Typically you hear about the prima donna star who relishes the opportunity to make someone feel small and Michael certainly didn’t do that. I thought another person who did a great job with leadership was the director, Kenny Ortega. I felt like he really communicated with and handled Michael well.
    In the end I feel that Mike is certainly a leader in some respects but has allowed some poor judgment to tarnish his legacy. Acts such as sharing a room with young children and hanging his own child over a balcony aren’t wise moves and take away from Michael’s greatness. Interesting post for sure.

  21. Eilleen
    Nov 17 - 5:44 pm

    I saw the movie on opening night and I was also amazed at how gentle he was – with everyone. It was sweet watching him teach those dancers – like watching a loving father teach his children.

    I felt the film ended abruptly. One minute he was there – the next he wasn’t. Much like his life. It left me sitting in my seat stunned. It felt like goodbye.


  22. Pineapple Princess
    Nov 17 - 11:14 pm

    I saw the movie and was blown away, too.
    Your summary is perfect!

  23. Ligaya
    Nov 19 - 4:46 pm

    Thanks for your post on his leadership. I think readers here are fair & not one-sided. It’s one thing if people believing MJ’s a pedophile did their homework & checked the other side – MJ’s an innocent victim of extortion. I bet almost no one has. Anyone decent will check @ least 1 source below in ea. of the allegations.

    Jordie Chandler allegation which was settled:

    1. “Was Michael Jackson Framed? The Untold Story,” Mary A. Fischer, GQ, October 1994,; 2. “Bury the Never Ending Myth of Jackson as Child Molester,” Earl Ofari Hutchison, July 8, 2009,;
    3. Redemption by Geraldine Hughes, legal secretary for Barry Rothman, Dr. Chandler’s lawyer, who witnessed the set-up.


    1. Michael Jackson Conspiracy, Aphrodite Jones (also author of book adapted to movie Boys Don’t Cry).
    2. Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland (DVD) by Larry Nimmer (some excerpts on YouTube).
    3. On Michael Jackson by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for NY Times Margo Jefferson.

  24. Shannon
    Nov 20 - 3:28 pm

    I have always been a MJ fan and I agree with you, he wasn’t considered the “norm” in society but sometimes thats what makes a great person.
    I don’t believe he did the things he was accused of either.

  25. Marie
    Nov 24 - 1:16 am

    Interesting take. I’m behind on my reading and I finally got back around to this one. Wondered what lessons you could get from Michael Jackson. :)

  26. Cheryl Gross
    May 23 - 12:25 pm

    I took 2 of my friends to see This Is It on the first night it came out. As we sat and watched, and tears welled up in my eyes. He so deserved this comeback. He wanted his lovely children to watch their dad as he performed the songs he wrote. He would never get that chance. When it got to Earth Song, I put my head on my friend, Cody’s shoulder, and I cried. “How could this lovely man not be performing again.” Then I realized for the first time, that he was REALLY gone, and I cried harder. Michael was a lovely man. There is a website that tells the complete truth. It is, it was designed so show how Michael was treated by the media. I will truly miss Michael. Even though I have never met him before, he still has a special place in my heart. We love you, Michael, and miss you terribly.

  27. jm
    May 23 - 3:02 pm

    I am encouraging people to see this movie, because I have witnessed myself how opinions can change from thinking Michael Jackson is a freak to finding out that he is a role model. Help spread the word about MJ:

  28. cawobeth
    May 23 - 7:01 pm

    This film also brings to light Michael’s genuine compassion for children, animals and humanity. His humanitarianism has been so understated.
    As far as being an extraordinary & honest multi-media artist, who felt responsible as a successful artist to “give Back”, yes he’s quite unique and has proven to be a great power of example and leader as a charitable artist.
    As far as weird, as many have claimed, I think not.
    This video best describes his strength – - -

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