Team Report: The Avengers


Ok Flerish-ers, assemble! Today we’re going to tackle one of the most well-known teams of all: the Avengers! Are they something to aspire to, or did Thanos have it right with the snap?

…too soon?! We’re sorry!

Moving on, in today’s blog, we’re going to analyze the core six of the movies: Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, the Hulk, Thor, and Hawkeye to see if they measure up, or if maybe we might be better off with the Justice League. (Sacrilege, right?!)

They Complement Each Other

If you recall, way back in 2012, it wasn’t Tony Stark who assembled the Avengers, it was Agent Coulson and Nick Fury. They worked together to put the strongest, fastest, smartest heroes together… and Hawkeye was there, too. (We kid!)

This group was not formed haphazardly—the initial heroes who made up the Avengers were chosen because their abilities complimented each other, and they brought valuable skills to the table that could be used to fight the bad guys. Among the Avengers were two scientists (Iron Man and the Hulk), two battle hardened soldiers (Thor and Captain America), an intelligence operative (Black Widow), and a stealth bow and arrow guy (Hawkeye, who we make fun of, but sometimes you want someone who can take the show from very far away without having to get too close!) They were all combat trained and had a background fighting bad guys. While there’s enough overlap in skills that would lead to collaboration, there’s also enough difference that the group would have a variety of skills to pull from when it was time to fight evil.

Sounds like a winning combination, right?

Solo, none of them stood a chance against Loki and the Tesseract. You put those people together, and you have a group that can basically take on anything. Sure, they may have destroyed Manhattan in the process, but they also stopped evil and didn’t die. We call that a win!

Basically, the Avengers are like your team at work—a varied group of people brought together with a common purpose in mind. For you, it means fulfilling the goals and objectives of your organization—that’s the same for the Avengers as well, only their goals and objective is to stop evil. It’s up to them to find a way to work together, rely on their varying skillsets, and fight the bad guys. Seeing as how they’ve avoided world-ending catastrophe two out of three times, they’re doing a pretty good job, so far.

They Know How to Seek Outside Help

Sure, Coulson and Fury knew what they were doing when they assembled the core group, and they do a great job working together—but the Avengers also know that even though there’s a demi-god among their ranks, sometimes you have to seek outside help to get the job done. Whether that’s welcoming Scarlet Witch or Vision into their mix; or going off with a talking tree and mutant raccoon to go see a giant about a hammer, the Avengers know that even though their team is entirely capable of crime fighting, they also know that there’s more people who can help. That’s probably why Cap stashes Bucky Barnes with the Black Panther in Wakanda, or Tony mentors Spider-Man—you can’t get complacent (or cliquey) against the fight, and it’s something our crew does admirably.

What does this mean for you? Well…you may have heard of these people called Advisors…you know, the people who can give you outside help in your career path, and help you decide next steps. They can give you a perspective you might not get from your peers, or colleagues at your organization, and generally are there to help you on your path in life.

We’re not calling Rocket an Advisor to Thor, but we’re not not calling him one, either.-

They Know How to Recover from Their Losses

Anyone can win—but losing is an art form, and something the Avengers know pretty well. We don’t know how they’re going to recover from Thanos’ snap, but we have a feeling they’re going to stand up and fight for what’s right—that’s what heroes do. They don’t stay down when they’re beat, they get up, and try again, even if the odds aren’t in their favor.

Sometimes in your career, you’re going to have a loss. That’s a part of life, and it won’t be fun at the time, but you’re going to grow and move on from the set back—as long as you don’t let it beat you. There’s growth in defeat, but there’s no growth in giving up. The Avengers demonstrate that you’re not always going to win, but you are always going to fight, because it’s the right thing to do. In practical terms that means you have to stand up for yourself, and what you want—and accept that it won’t always work out in your favor, but that you’ll always do what’s right for you.  It’s the Avenger’s way.

So, are the Avengers all they’re reported to be? Absolutely—and we’re not just saying that to keep The Hulk calm—they work together, problem solve, and reach out for help when they need it. That sounds like a pretty great team to us. For that we award the Avengers shawarmas for everyone!