How to Be A Superhero (From Your Work Desk)
It was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to real-life legend, Stan Lee, last week. His creations, such as Spiderman, the X-Men, and Fantastic four, inspired a generation, and shook the ground of the superhero arena.
Whilst DC Comics were pushing the likes of Superman and Batman- untouchable, demigod like beings- Marvel, with Lee at the helm, introduced a different kind of hero. One who struggled with challenges that many of us find familiarity with; how it feels to be different, the fight for social justice, and to simply be present for our important relationships.
Being a superhero isn’t just about saving the world- it’s also about being there for the people in our lives, doing what’s right, and in small ways making a big difference.
Here are just some ways you can channel your inner superhero at work.
Support Your Peers
If there’s anything we’ve learned, it’s that superheroes work best in teams (see: The Avengers). The great ideals of collaboration and innovation that we in the entrepreneurial space hold so dear are made possible when great minds come together and bring out the best in each other. Further, getting those ideas off the ground often requires lots of elbow grease, and a hard slog through challenging waters.
Being an office superhero means recognising the strengths and hard work in others, and supporting them to bring their best selves to work. We can do this by encouraging our peers to take on new challenges, supporting them in their endeavours, and acknowledging them for their strengths and dedication. Believing in people goes a long way.
From the 2002 Marvel Spiderman Movie
Keep Your Word
Being a superhero means showing integrity; being a person who is trustworthy, ethical, and dependable.
A key part of being trustworthy is simply sticking to your word. It might seem small, but being able to keep your promises goes a long way in demonstrating your integrity at work. Not only does it show that you’re reliable, but also that you value the trust placed in you by other people, which, once broken, can be hard to win back.
It’s a good idea make sure you’re not promising people the moon, too, when really you’re more likely to be able to secure a modest but sturdy hill from down the road.
Practice Social Responsibility
Bring the values that you care about into your business.
We have the power to bring our ideals to life in a real world setting, and support positive social change through our choices. To start with, think about the diversity of employees within your organisation. Are all genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, and able-bodiedness welcomed into your team? It’s a good idea to keep this in mind when you and the team are making hiring decisions.
Something that more and more businesses are doing is incorporating charity into their business. In fact three quarters of small to medium businesses in Australia regularly give back to the community! What this looks like will be different for different businesses, and will also depend on how you want to support a social enterprise. Some examples to get you thinking are: building into the working calendar regular volunteer days with the team, supporting a charity drive, finding a social enterprise that you want to sponsor, or giving away something that you already sell.
Not all heroes wear capes.
Stan showed us that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. We don’t need to save the world from destruction or rescue a damsel in distress to be super (but if that’s your thing, then by all means). Instead, we can use the power of belief to build up our peers, the strength of our integrity to keep our promises, and our mighty sense of justice to bring about social change through our choices.
Please enjoy some themed songs, on the house.
Vale, Stan Lee.