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What The Avengers Teach Us About Teamwork

Collaboration & Teamwork 26th December 2016 Workbetter Team

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The movie, The Avengers, gave us superheroes with unique abilities, motivation and sparkling persona, who have to work together for a common cause. The movie portrays a certain reality about teamwork, which is that getting a team of individuals with different perceptions and motivations to work together is difficult, whatever the common goal may be. This is reiterated throughout the movie as we get to see our favorite superheroes learn how to get along and function as a team, where team heroics are celebrated over individual heroics! Here are a few takeaways from this blockbuster:

Acknowledge each other’s signature strengths

Teamwork is all about having each other’s back and knowing each other inside-out. Iron Man is creative, Black Widow is observant, The Hulk is all about muscles, Thor is power personified. Each has a superpower and contributes in special ways. They work out who can do what at various junctures which eventually gets them to achieve their collective goal. Likewise, understand each other’s core strengths and play the right card at the right time.

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Don’t fight, don’t blame

Work through a conflict before it turns into an ugly argument. As a team of highly diligent people you are bound to have differences, but you must not spend time forming camps or fighting a crusade. It wastes time and harms team spirit. Even in the movie, we notice some members of the team having conflicting views, but going all out to pin the blame on each other comes to no good, something that they realized too!

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Lock your ego and throw away the key

Everyone has a blind side and you may too. When you function as a team you must forget about your ego trying to get the worst out of you. Just because you think you know-it-all doesn’t give you any right to belittle people. In the movie too, everyone fit in as pieces of a puzzle and kept aside their egos. They thought as a team rather than one person trying to lead them on as per their whims and fancies.

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Celebrate small wins

When they destroyed the Hydra safe-house, they were able to take away vital intelligence. For Thor, it was a reason to celebrate! Like them, celebrate small victories. It boosts team morale and keeps everyone going and also strengthens the bond.

Talk to each other

How is work going to get done if you don’t communicate? Valid, right? As The Avengers learn to keep aside their differences and communicate more often to build a rapport, their efficiency automatically improves. They understand and acknowledge each other better which anyone in a team must do. Working in silos when you’re in a team will only create confusion.

Don’t underestimate the shy ones

You may have someone on your team who may be quiet, but when it comes to their area of expertise, they are the best in the game. You shouldn’t let them hide in a corner. They may not like the spotlight, so you must speak to them one-on-one. In the movie too, Hawkeye and Black Widow are perhaps the quietest ones, yet are extremely significant for the team. It takes effort to notice the quiet ones because when it comes to teamwork, everyone’s contribution matters.

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Consult team members before taking decisions

Think of this: if Iron Man would have told that he’s creating an advanced AI program to protect the world so that they won’t have to then the rest of the team would have objected and Ultron wouldn’t really have attempted collateral damage in the first place! So, since you work as a team, you ought to take decisions as a team instead of announcing that changes have already been implemented. It would come across as a shocker to all for they were never a part of the decision-making process. It goes without saying that one of the signs of great teamwork is when everyone decides in unison. There should be one voice.

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