Talk to anyone either in a household or a corporate office, and they’ll all say that the one pivotal point for success in moving forward is this: teamwork. People just have to work together. When you consider how many people exist in the world — well over 7 billion — you undoubtedly end up in a situation involving some person opposite of you, trying to walk around you, and you likewise. You then end up, 9 times out of 10, going the same direction and nearly running into each other! Has that ever happened to you? Don’t deny it.
Teamwork, people. We all have to work together, and our first look at how to do that is none other than Marvel’s Avengers! Yes, it’s a fictional comic book, but consider a suspension of disbelief and look at it this way — a super soldier from World War II, snooty billionaire philanthropist with an iron suit, two wicked assassins, a god of thunder, and a big green monster stuck on a giant aircraft carrier in the sky? Bad things’ll happen (and they did, according to the blockbuster film), so what better way to learn something than how these dudes tackled the trouble?
First Off, Recognize Differences
It’s not always going to be a clean and smooth operation, people. After all, the Avengers hardly played nice when Thor “put the hammer down” after tussling with Iron Man. People disagree all the time. Not everyone likes Tony Stark either given he’s generally not that much of a team player, and just about everyone’s afraid of Bruce Banner when he gets mad, because insurance companies end up going bankrupt from all the damage. Banner did say, in fact, that the Avengers are a time bomb, a chemical mixture. Dangerous.
They did, however, hash it out. They communicated — yes, bickering in a way, but at least getting it out in the open so they can deal with it and then dump it. That’s teamwork. Let go of your issues. Leave them at the door. Suit up. Get your hammer, suit, shield, bow and arrow, and start working together.
“Call it, Captain.” That’s what Stark, aka the Iron Man, said, did he not? That coming from the haughty, glory-loving guy with the nuclear reactor in his chest. He reserved direction to a guy with a shield who got his mega powers from a bottle? Exactly.
The thing about teamwork is that you have to recognize people’s strengths and seek to initialize and launch them. When the Avengers finally got together in New York, facing that alien horde from another dimension — just another day in the life of a superhero — Captain America dished out the orders according to their strengths —
Hawkeye remained on outpost, sniping out foes with his aim. Iron Man took hold of the perimeter thanks to his ability to soar through the sky. Cap and Black Widow — because they’re basically stuck on ground — tried to keep the fighting down as low as possible, minimizing damage in the city. Thor, of course, did damage control with his lightning (like loss prevention at any business, basically). And, of course, what did Hulk do? Hulk smash. That’s always effective.
Each team member had a role. They also worked together in their roles. That’s key.
Some Shawarma Is the Ticket to Teamwork
And, of course, when all is said and done, some team activity to settle down and regroup, rejuvenate and build a bit of camaraderie would prepare any division, department or retail team for the next day’s work. When all the aliens were defeated and Hulk woke up Iron Man after his perilous trip to outer space, tossing a nuke as far as possible, what did Stark say? The team should chill at this Shawarma Arab meat lunch shop, so they can gather all that strength back after facing near-death over an alien invasion. They deserved it.
It doesn’t have to be shawarma, though. It could be Subway, or Jimmy John’s. Even McDonald’s wouldn’t hurt. The point is any team — or a family — could make it a priority to get some “fun” time in, some nourishment, to help replenish the energy after working so hard.
Teamwork takes time, dedication, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. I make no bones about it. It’s all worth it in the end, though, especially when saving the world.
Of course, we’re not “superheroes,” right? At least not in that way. When it comes to delivering the goods, great service, and perhaps a smile for a job well done, you better believe it: you are a superhero. So suit up.