Funny Business – Scooby-Doo

Patrick Murphy
By Patrick Murphy | I have been with Sutherland since September 2013. Prior to that I worked in Agency Recruiting. I was born in England, and moved to the US in 1998. I attended SUNY Brockport and graduated with a bachelors in Business. Two qualities I prefer in leaders (and that I try to emulate myself) are candor and a clear sense of direction.

Business Lessons
Funny Business is back in all its goofy goodness. If you haven’t read the first installment covering the shenanigans of Tom & Jerry, you can read it HERE! This time we’ll be joining Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of the gang as we see what lessons they can teach business professionals.

Four essential messages any business professional can learn from Scooby Doo:

The big scary monsters are never as bad as they look.

Scary monsters are similar to large projects and looming deadlines – They cause the type of stress that make you want to run away. But just like the monsters, work related stress becomes much more manageable once you take off the mask and see something perfectly normal hiding behind it. Stress is inescapable – It will never change. How we cope with it can. By recognizing the origin of our problems, we can break them down into manageable fragments.

Don’t be afraid to be afraid. Courage is an action, not a state of being.

Too often we allow fear to dominate and define our lives. We burden ourselves with self-doubt, and wonder why others can be so brave, so fearless, in the face of all the twists and turns that life can throw at us. Too often we forget an important notion about courage. Courage is an action, not a state of being– we decide to be courageous in the face of fear. It’s an important distinction. Courage is not a magical force that some can access and other can’t. Fear is everywhere, and in everyone. Those people we call heroes like in the same fear as all of us, they have just learned to turn and face it.

Sometimes the group needs to split up.

Working in teams can often help shake up the status quo. Often times, however, the loudest or most outgoing members can dominate the discussion and the direction of the team. Splitting up into smaller groups can help give everyone a voice and make both the discussion and the decisions of a team more diverse. People who have difficulty speaking in front of large crowds may talk in a smaller group, and ultimately this helps create a broader array of possible solutions to a problem.

Everyone needs a Scooby Snack sometimes.

Passion. Confidence. Dependable. Search the internet for traits of successful business people, and you’ll get thousands of articles containing these words. Ultimately though, motivation is the key to success. As an employee or an entrepreneur, there has to be a reason to go the extra mile, to get work done when all you’re sick and want to stay in bed all day. For entrepreneurs, this can be taking your enterprise to the next level or exceeding your goal for sales. For employees this can be a performance bonus or even something simple as leaving early on Friday after a productive week of work. Scooby Doo’s motivation? The scarier the ghoul, the more Scooby Snacks he asked for.

Bonus lesson: Be original

Live-action adaptions are never as good as the original.

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