5 Management Lessons You Can Learn From Hallmark Channel



One of my favorite television channels is Hallmark Channel. Hallmark channel is one of my favorite television channels for two reasons; (1) Christmas movies and (2) movies with happy endings.  As a human services professional, I have been exposed to a lot of trauma, disappointment, and injustice.  When I turn on my television I want to forget about the bad things happening in the world.  Hallmark Channel allowed me to drift into happy land.

Here are 5 management lessons you can learn from Hallmark Channel:

1. Avoid Mission Drift – Change, progress, and diversification can be great but avoid drifting away from your purpose and mission. You also want to play to your strengths.

  • Hallmark Channel sticks to what works and what has made them a leader in their niche. Hallmark Channel movies are predictable. I’m probably not exaggerating when I say that they have about 5 movie plots and each plot has at least 5 movies with different titles.


2. Honor Your Core Values – Your core values are your fundamental beliefs that guide your decision and help you determine if you are on the right path.

  • Hallmark Channel has developed an annual theme that is representative of the values they hold dear. You can count on June weddings and Countdown to Christmas.


3. Allow Repeat Interns – If you have an intern who does a good job and is committed to your company’s success, allow them to complete multiple or repeat internships where appropriate.

  • Hallmark Channel hires the same actors and actresses for all their movies and televisions shows.


4. Build A Strong Team – No one achieves success alone. A strong team is critical to business growth and building a strong team should be a priority for every manger. Healthy teamwork leads to collaboration, problem solving, brainstorming, and support. All these things positively impact the bottom line.

  • Hallmark Channel movies do not end without couples, teams, families, or communities working together to achieve a common goal.


5. Keep Your Team Happy – Managers should work to keep good employees happy and engaged. Happy workers are more productive and more committed.  Staff turnover and disengagement can have a negative financial impact and a negative team impact.

  • Hallmark Channel movies always have a happy ending.




Nicki Sanders, MSW, is a travel and cupcake lover with a passion for self-discovery and career development. She has a strong background in developing and managing interns and successful internship programs. She is an accomplished manager, professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Master of Social Work degree and 20 years of diverse work experience into Packaged For Success, a full service training and professional development company.

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