What I learned from the Avengers

What I learned from the Avengers

Avengers: Endgame just grossed 1.2 billion dollars world-wide, a record setting accomplishment.  After watching the movie on Saturday, I began wondering how we mere mortals could be more Avenger-like in our approach to business. 

Here’s what I came up with:

Create an ambitious vision
Every Avenger movie has BIG vision.  Create the greatest team of individuals ever assembled.  Save the world.  Turn back time.  If you’re a business owner, this means creating a vision that challenges you, and addresses your needs.  What is your most ambitious goal?  When you dream, what do you envision?  Think big!

Build a dream team
Every great vision requires a team effort.  What kind of talent will you need to achieve your vision?  The Avengers needed a team that could work together, had incredible strength, super-genius intelligence and the ability to adapt to a fast-changing environment.  Think about it: Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Thor, Black Widow and Captain America.

Embrace the challenge and create growth
Every business has challenges.  Whether you succeed or fail depends on how you deal with them.  Success doesn’t happen by “sitting it out”.  Success happens when you push the boundaries of what you know.  When situations get tough, being open to new techniques allows you to grow and become stronger.

Develop a better game plan
Leading a business isn’t for the weak-stomached, easily frustrated conformist.  Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”  The challenge is to recognize when you need a new plan.  In business, if you aren’t growing, you’re dying.  Growth only comes if you’re willing to change your game plan and adapt to change.

Tough it out
If your vision, team and game plan aren’t inspirational, motivated and effective, you won’t last.  You can never expect to win if you quit before the job is done and your vision fulfilled.

Diversity enhances creativity, inventiveness, productivity and profitability.  Superhero leaders embrace a range of experiences, viewpoints and skills on their teams.  When they do that, infinite possibilities open for their organizations.

The road is easier together,
Linda

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