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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Drawing Inspiration From The Silver Screen?

I read an interesting article in Forbes today titled Four Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs To Watch.

Cool picks, couple of my faves made the cut. Definitely check them out. Chris Myers has some interesting perspectives to share and I have a few of my own selections to add to the list.

The Pursuit Of Happyness

Chris Gardner. If his story doesn’t make you want to grab life by the horns and charge, I don’t know what will. The guy had no resources, a young son whose livelihood depended on his success but man, did he have the will to win. Entrepreneurs often face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and the successful ones never let themselves get burdened with a defeatist mentality. Frustration may reign temporarily but at the end of the day, they’ll do what they need to grow and prosper.

Take away? Never let a lack of resources hold you back from accomplishing your goals. Stay true to your dreams and push forward until you reach them.

Moneyball

I bet Hubby will like this one. =)

An interesting pick from me but in this case, it totally fits the list. Billy Beane, GM of the Oakland A’s, figured out there were certain stats that were better indicators of offensive success and it turned out those stats were cheaper to buy on the open market than more commonly tracked stats, like speed. By re-evaluating the way the industry identified and paid for talent and fundamentally changing their win strategy, the Oakland A’s made it to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003 with a fraction of their competitors’ payrolls.

The end result? Management transformed their way of thinking and strategizing, yielding huge returns for the team for years to come.

Iron Man

Okay, this one is a no-brainer and not just because I have a tiny celebrity crush on RDJ. Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist…hello!!! He’d been kidnapped and forced to make a weapon of mass destruction. Instead, using a box of scraps and his engineering brilliance, he created a powered suit of armor used to escape his captors. Yup, Tony Stark, probably the sexiest entrepreneur to strut the Earth, transformed himself into a superhero whose cutting-edge technology ultimately saved the world.

Message? A new take on an existing product can make a business explode with possibilities (no pun intended).

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Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist – Who Am I???

Here’s just one more reason why Robert Downey Jr. stands strong at the top of my “list.” <3

Microsoft’s social media campaign, The Collective Project, celebrates students using technology to change the world. How better than to give young children use of their limbs back using 3D print technology? That’s exactly what Limitless Technology does. The volunteer group started by a University of Central Florida engineering PhD student recently constructed a special “Iron Man” arm for a young local boy at no cost to his family.

Guess who presented it to him?

Yup. Tony Stark. And the arm was delivered in a box labeled Stark Industries. Nice touch by the movie prop manager.

This video just makes RDJ that much more swoon-worthy. =)

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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