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It seems the world is full of superheroes and they are all coming to a cinema screen near you! And, as if we haven’t already been saved by the Avengers (all six of them), we now have new releases of Batman and Spider-Man to look forward to. What do any of them have to do with a career column? Well, let’s see what we can learn from them.

Batman, as we know, has no inherent superpowers. However, as a wealthy and resourceful individual, he sets out on his mission to clean Gotham City of fiends and criminals. He plans carefully and combines technology with strategy to outfox his enemies. He teams up with his sidekick Robin, and his butler, Alfred, to show us that no matter how good we are individually, we must trust those who work with us.

Spider-Man, on the other hand, has fantastic abilities thanks to the bite of a radioactive spider. He has an amazing physique and enhanced strength and agility. He is also very tech-savvy; his ‘web-shooters’ come in handy to get him out of tight spots, and he uses his sense of humor to lighten situations.

So, while your office may be full of creepy-crawly types, be grateful that none of them are radioactive or you could be in for a few surprises.

There are several learnings for us: strategy and planning to be prepared for what the competition (or environment) may throw at us; use of technology and human ingenuity; resourcefulness to get out of tight spots and always being on the right side of the law.

And what would a superhero be without a great costume? Yes, even mere mortals like us must ‘look’ the part for the roles we play at work. And if you are able to crawl up walls on your own, you never have to wait for the boss to drive you up one!

– Leon Menezes
The writer is General Manager, HR, at a multinational company.

First published in the Careers Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 1, 2012.