Entreprenuer.com recently published an article entitled “A Spartan’s Guide to Business” in reference to the blockbuster “300.” The article highlights 3 business lessons that are to be learned from the movie:
- Your CEO needs to be a strong leader.
- Train your employees and foster a culture that promotes loyalty.
- You need to have a strong brand.
While I agree that these are valuable lessons, there is a bigger lesson of business law that should be learned as well:
- You need to prevent harmful information from getting into the wrong hands.
King Leonidis dropped the ball when he let Ephialtes, the hunchbacked wanna-be Spartan with knowledge of how to defeat the Spartan’s strategy, out of his sight. It didn’t take very long for that information to reach the ears of King Xerxes … and then for the Persians to wipe out the 300. Whether this means installing a firewall on your computer systems or having your employees sign confidentiality agreements, measures should be taken to avoid harmful disclosures.