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What your team can learn from these memorable squads

Think it’s all about you? Think again. Every CEO is only as good as their team. Even Steve Jobs, with all of his innovation, needed a top-notch crew to execute ideas. Today we look at some of the best onscreen teams to see where they went right and where they went oh so wrong.

Think it’s all about you? Think again. Every CEO is only as good as their team. Even Steve Jobs, with all of his innovation, needed a top-notch crew to execute ideas.

Today we look at some of the best onscreen teams to see where they went right and where they went oh so wrong.

Kill Bill

Kill bill

You’ve got to give it to Bill. He knows how to put together one hell of a team. Bill’s squad was diverse in a variety of areas including skills, weaponry and gender. While you may not necessarily need someone who can do a roundhouse kick, you may need a finance manager who knows how to save a little something for a rainy day like Vernita Green and her deadly box of cereal. You should assemble a team that brings to the table what you specifically need to keep your business successful and evolving.

The Craft

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When this foursome started working together, things in the universe began to go their way. All it took was one weed like Nancy to spoil the whole bunch. She started wanting all of the power and glory – despite Sarah being more qualified to lead. Check all egos at the door.  No employee is above another. While salaries and responsibilities may vary, all staff deserves the same amount of respect. Nothing sours an office environment quicker than backbiting, gossip and passive aggressive behavior.

Ocean’s 11

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The best teams don’t wing it. They get a strategy and are killers at execution. Danny Ocean’s 11 were so good it was hard to separate when they were being their con characters from when they were actually being themselves. As a viewer you had to pay attention to each conversation because you never knew if it was part of the con or not. That’s how precise your marketing needs to be – an experience from start to finish. All employees are an extension of your company and its marketing plan and they need to carry themselves accordingly.

Charlie’s Angels

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Natalie, Dylan and Alex weren’t just out kicking butt in bad ass get ups. They were having fun while they were doing it. Squads that play together, stay together. Sure, at the end of the day we’re here to run a business. But it doesn’t have to be stone faces and uncomfortable hallway silences. A little office fun and chatter keeps the place lively and joyful. When employees like where they work, they don’t mind putting in a little extra when it’s needed. Take a lesson from the Angels and encourage your team to easily transition from work time to play time and to know the difference between the two.

Set it Off

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Find a management team that is passionate about your mission. Any Jane Doe can fill a seat. But the right woman can shift an entire company culture. Though T.T. preferred to follow, Cleo or Frankie could have easily led the quartet in this action-packed caper. However, Stony was the nucleus of this group and no one made a move without her. She was the brains when they needed it and the level-headed thinker when they were backed into a corner. Though every company can use a ride or die, dedicated employee like Cleo, it’s often the cool headed Stonys who will see a company through tough times.

Death Proof

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Don’t have room for punks on your squad. Too bad Stuntman Mike from Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” didn’t get the memo. He saw a band of gorgeous, foul-mouthed ladies and assumed they were like all of the others. After a terrorizing turn of events and the ass whooping of his life, Mike learned the hard way that these ladies were all business. Make sure when putting together your Avengers team you don’t get a team of wimps that hightail it out of there at the first sign of trouble – especially if you’re a startup. Entrepreneurism is like the weather – it can shift at any moment. You want to be surrounded by sisters that you can count on and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.

About the author

Natasha Zena

Around age eight Natasha Zena was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. She is the co-founder of Lioness, the digital magazine for female entrepreneurs, and the first media outlet solely dedicated to helping women launch and scale high-growth startups. Natasha was recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has mentored women entrepreneurs at a number of accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences, including The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, Calif. Natasha is also the author of the popular whitepaper, "How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021." In her spare time, she writes short fiction and hangs out with her son, Shaun.

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