Why Employers Should Aspire To Be Like Captain America

It should come as no surprise that I saw The Avengers: Age Of Ultron on opening night. And while I am disappointed to say it was not my favorite installation, I still enjoyed it. Kind of. Well, as much as I could after three Jack and Cokes at ten o’clock at night, sprawled out in a big La-Z-Boy seat. Way past my bedtime. =)

Anyway…

I’m definitely not happy that Tony Stark has lost his swagger. That was one of the most fun parts of these movies. But what was really cool to me was seeing Captain America really take charge and lead his troops, so to speak. There’s so much to respect about a guy who strives to always do what is right and just. But not only that. He knows people. He understands their strengths and weaknesses and aligns them to the tasks where they can best deliver value to an endeavor.

Employers, take note. You can learn a few things from Captain America’s leadership style.

1. Check your emotions at the door – During The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cap realized that what he’d wanted out of life before he’d been frozen was very different from what his life’s mission had become so many decades later. He has a duty to support the greater good and lives to fulfill it. His needs are pushed to the back burner as he strives to conquer evil and protect the lives of the innocent.

2. Stay true to your moral center – Tough decisions aren’t always the popular ones but a strong leader understands the potential negative impact of ambivalence and complacency. Cap always strives to do what’s right even if he knows the decisions will not be embraced wholeheartedly. He never backs down from what he believes is the right thing to do.

3. Be loyal to your brand – Just like Cap is recognized for traits such as individualism, justice and fairness, employers should make sure they are exemplifying the elements of their brand – what sets their company apart from the competition.

4. Take care of your own – Employees are the backbone of any business. Understanding their strengths and weaknesses is critical to ensuring you have the best people making decisions on your behalf. Cap knew which of his counterparts he could count on to deliver results. Hulk, SMASH!!!!!

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Are You Risk-Averse Or Risk-Embracing??

I’m so charged up right now!  I have the best freaking idea and I’m so excited to work on it!!!

I LOVE channeling my inner creative spirit!  Sometimes it goes into overdrive.  It’s like I can’t stop it.  LOL, do you get the reference?  The Girl Next Door??  Elisha Cuthbert, former porn star, Emile Hirsch, her younger, sex-starved neighbor??

Anyway, big ideas usually come with equally large risks, and not all of them are financial.

For example, if you’re going to dive head-first into a new venture, is your Hubby going to freak out about piling on the debt to get your idea off the ground?  Since he only has his past experiences to draw upon, things might not look too promising for you. Crikey, am I ever going to redeem myself???

Is the risk of an ugly divorce worth all the effort?

Of course, if you’re a gambling person in need of startup funding you could always put your investment on black and roll the dice in hopes of making the rest.  It COULD work…

One defense mechanism you definitely need in your arsenal to overcome said risks is P-A-S-S-I-O-N.  Do you know why?  Passion won’t pay the bills but it’ll drive you towards getting your idea out there and perfecting it so that everyone immediately gets the value proposition.  That creates D-E-M-A-N-D.  And then follows the $$$$$.

See a need, fill a need!  Wow, I’m full of movie references today!

Ever see the movie Robots?  If you’re an inventor/innovator/entrepreneur, you should watch it.  It totally inspires you to get out there and find ways to make the world a better place!  Seriously!  How apropos for a kiddie flick.

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Courtesy of Wikipedia

My idea is fabulous because it is a game-changer!  It’s disruptive!  I had my “ah-ha” moment.  And it was AWESOME!

There has to be an observed need for an idea to gain traction.  And it can’t just exist solely for your own personal purposes.  You have to solve for pain points of the masses.  Making your own life less complicated is nice in theory but it won’t earn you any awards.  Think BIGGER!!!!

Ask the question – can my idea make lives easier?  If so, HOW?  That’s all part of the value prop, too.  And if there’s perceived value, there’s perceived benefit, both worthy of serious financial gains!

It’s such an exciting prospect…to smash out of the box (I’m imagining the Hulk now, kiddies are watching The Avengers).  But make yourself a promise…absolutely love the idea because if you don’t, nobody else will.

 

My MARVELous Universe

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I feel like I live in an alternate Marvel reality these days.

Depending on the mood of my three year-old George, a.k.a. Tony Stark, I’m at risk for being blown up by his repulser.  And he’s a VERY temperamental guy.

Cooper likens himself to Captain America.  He’s got a thing for shields.  Also, he doesn’t like keeping his clothes on so a second-skin suit kind of works well for him.  He’s a little whiny at times, but who can blame him?  Saving the world is pretty exhausting.  There’s also no love lost between Cap and Tony, so he gets blown up pretty often too.

Then there’s Lulu.  She could sell ice to an Eskimo.  Though she doesn’t share the pummeling skills of the Black Widow, if put in a room with her for an interrogation, you’d end up beating the crap out of yourself.  Her rhetoric is as powerful as Black Widow’s roundhouse kicks.  Trust me.

Hulk…well, he’s just LOUD.  That’s my Hubby, according to my kids.  Plus, he’s green (Hulk, not Hubby) and that’s super cool just like Dad.

Nobody’s really interested in Hawkeye.  He’s only good for shooting arrows.  But what happens when they run out?  Then what’s his thing?  Good eyesight?  Blah!  Plus, Black Widow can trounce his ass.  Who’d want to be THAT guy?  I would personally rather be Loki.  At least he’s got a scepter.

Where exactly does this leave me?  Who am I??

Well, I’m the ringleader of this crew, the glue that holds the whole mess of them together, for better or worse.  I am…wait for it…Nick Fury, who is one of the greatest strategic minds in the world, a born leader and a master of espionage.  Totally perfect fit.

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