Marvel’s big blockbuster sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, hits Australian cinemas today. And while some of us might like to think we have superpowers, there’s actually a lot we can learn from this team of superheroes and apply to our daily working lives.

If you think about it, the core members of The Avengers each represents a different aspect of running a branch or business – no matter what industry it may be. In order to be successful, you need to know where and when to apply each strength in order to achieve the best result.

Avengers-BranchManagers-1050-long1. CAPTAIN AMERICA

Cap showcases all the qualities of a great leader. He’s the first to arrive and the last to leave. When the pressure is on he is able to create a plan of attack and delegates responsibilities within his team to ensure the mission is accomplished.


Tony Stark is a genius inventor and represents the technology available to modern businesses. Advances in Smartphones and eCommerce websites have allowed businesses of all sizes to reach more customers than ever before.


This big, green giant represents the need to be aggressive… at least some of the time. Aggression isn’t always appropriate in the work place, but if directed in the right places then it can be a very effective tool. Sometimes a branch or business manager needs to be aggressive when negotiating with pricing and supplier relations, to ensure they’re getting the best deal possible for their customers.


Who says looks can’t kill? These two represent the need for visual appeal. In a business environment, it’s important to keep everything neat and eye catching – this can be as simple as staff presentation, regular cleaning, keeping stock levels full and constantly changing end-caps and displays.


This archer assassin represents your long-term vision. Sometimes managers tend to get carried away with the day-to-day stuff and lose sight of the big picture. Sometimes it pays to stand back for a bit to help gain a better understanding of what’s going on around you – to ensure it’s still aligned with the direction you need to be heading.


Samuel Jackson’s one-eyed boss not only brings these superheroes together but also encourages them to work as a team. As a branch manager, this reflects the need to identify and recruit talent that suits the culture as well as the job requirements – ensuring their particular set of skills can assist in achieving the greater goal.

Avengers Assemble!

No matter what business you’re running, each of these traits is just as important as the other, and finding a way to utilise all of them in moderation is key to success.

How many do you represent?


Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in cinemas across Australia on Thursday 23 April, 2015.