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Marvel In The Office? How To Work With Captain America

How would you deal with Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, if you were his boss — or colleague?

Coffee break?
Coffee break?
Fabrice Lamirault

PARIS — Steve Rogers, best known as Captain America, is brave and has a great sense of values and integrity. He was trained — or rather created — to fight Nazis during the Second World War. Born in Brooklyn, he is an outstanding example of combativeness and devotion.

The character played by Chris Evan feels perfectly comfortable in stressful situations. He calmly faces conflicts and does not lose his self-control. In the storm, you can rely on his tenacity.

A man of deeds who is always on the go when the situation demands it, Captain Rogers also knows how to think before acting. He proved it even when he was no more than a sickly-looking soldier: After letting his comrades try to climb the flag pole unsuccessfully, the new recruit simply unscrewed the bottom of the pole to get to the flag.

Dr. Josef Reinstein, responsible for the serum that will transform the frail Rogers into a super soldier, sums it all up with three words: "a good man".

A natural born leader

Unlike Tony Stark (Iron Man), Captain America knows perfectly how to work in a team. His charisma and his sense of responsibility make him a natural born leader, a central pillar for the Avengers. In difficult times, or whenever the stakes are high, he is the one the others turn spontaneously to.

Despite his military education, Rogers believes more in individuals than in institutions. That's why he doesn't hesitate to stand up to his superiors when they don't respect his sense of justice. The United Nations and S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury, can certainly confirm!

Captain America could be an ideal associate within a team.

A big-hearted captain, he is always willing to sacrifice himself for his team and never gives up on an associate in trouble. For him, the best way to prove your loyalty is to set an example for others to follow. Captain America is definitely a safe bet.

What if you were his manager?

So, how would you deal with Captain America if you were his manager or his colleague? We asked Marie-Hélène Agard, senior director at Page Personnel recruitment agency.

"If you were his manager, Captain America could be an ideal associate within a team, inspiring others regarding achievements, positioning and initiatives. We often tend to link leadership qualities with the company's managers, but a leading associate has got some very valuable potential. You should be able to make the most of his capacity to manage projects and carry others along.

"The involvement of team members is essential to a manager and a requirement for performance. Steve Rogers is one of these committed associates in a position to drive others because he embodies values of courage, resilience and integrity that command respect and inspire confidence. Besides, his nature makes him a reference point every manager can rely on. He does not show any traits that could create or fuel conflict within a team and has his heart set on making himself available for others.

Captain America #109 — Source: Marvel/Wikimedia Commons

"The only possible difficulty for a manager, who is not a natural leader, would be to suffer from the comparison. An associate like Steve Rogers is challenging by virtue of his qualities. Captain America is driven by a quest for justice and rejects the lack of transparency. That's why he will stand up against his superiors or institutions if needs be.

"Such an individual can be difficult to handle for a manager in a company because the questioning of internal policies creates a risk. Some managers, especially if they are very career-minded, don't want to run risks. Others, on the other hand, will not hesitate to make the voice of the team heard if the demands are justified."

And if you were his colleague?

"You would be lucky to have Captain America as a colleague as long as you are not jealous of his talents, you do not get flustered by them and, instead, you know how to take advantage of them. You shouldn't compare yourself to him but rather be inspired by such a responsible and passionate leader who will know how to fight on behalf of the others. Drawing inspiration from him, from his integrity and his strengths, to grow and to develop."

He is an innate manager and a trustworthy person.

"You need to capitalize on his vision, his commitment and his ease with handling tricky situations for others. He is an innate manager and a trustworthy person whose charisma is reassuring. Besides, he is someone who believes in human nature and has faith in the other – important characteristics in a company where all skills are necessary and where identifying everyone's abilities is essential.

"As a member of Steve Rogers' team, it may be necessary to temper his enthusiasm from time to time. Almost too fair at heart, he might sometimes let his own feelings — or yours — guide him and make him weaker. In such circumstances, it would be up to you to help him keep the team going.

"Expectations are clear: Bosses want respectful and inspiring innate leaders who know how to listen. Leaders who are capable of motivating those around them and expand their potential, settle conflicts with fairness, help make the team progress, allowing everyone to make their contribution. In that respect, Captain America seems to personify the manager employees are looking for in their daily professional life!"

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Chinese Students' "Absurd" Protest Against COVID Lockdowns: Public Crawling

While street demonstrations have spread in China to protest the strict Zero-COVID regulations, some Chinese university students have taken up public acts of crawling to show what extended harsh lockdowns are doing to their mental state.

​Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling on a soccer pitch

Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling

Shuyue Chen

Since last Friday, the world has watched a wave of street protests have taken place across China as frustration against extended lockdowns reached a boiling point. But even before protesters took to the streets, Chinese university students had begun a public demonstration that challenges and shames the state's zero-COVID rules in a different way: public displays of crawling, as a kind of absurdist expression of their repressed anger under three years of strict pandemic control.

Xin’s heart was beating fast as her knees reached the ground. It was her first time joining the strange scene at the university sports field, so she put on her hat and face mask to cover her identity.

Kneeling down, with her forearms supporting her body from the ground, Xin started crawling with three other girls as a group, within a larger demonstration of other small groups. As they crawled on, she felt the sense of fear and embarrassment start to disappear. It was replaced by a liberating sense of joy, which had been absent in her life as a university student in lockdown for so long.

Yes, crawling in public has become a popular activity among Chinese university students recently. There have been posters and videos of "volunteer crawling" across universities in China. At first, it was for the sake of "fun." Xin, like many who participated, thought it was a "cult-like ritual" in the beginning, but she changed her mind. "You don't care about anything when crawling, not thinking about the reason why, what the consequences are. You just enjoy it."

The reality out there for Chinese university students has been grim. For Xin, her university started daily COVID-19 testing in November, and deliveries, including food, are banned. Apart from the school gate, all exits have been padlock sealed.

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