Political Avengers: Civil War (Lessons Learned)

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The Real Lessons Learned

I recently watched, and really enjoyed, Marvel’s latest movie: Captain America: Civil War. When working on a post for this week I thought a great theme would be lessons learned or take-aways for professionals. Don’t worry, I won’t include any spoilers.

You can be Right and Still be Wrong

Following international laws for the greater good? Someone would definitely be in the right there. Hunting down your friends? Not so much. On the other hand, staying true to your friends? Admirably in the right. Breaking international law and “going” rogue – probably frowned upon. The writers of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War did a great job bringing the story of Marvel’s Civil War down to the individual human level. One of the key elements here is that neither group of Avengers characters is completely in the wrong; in fact, they both have justifiable positions. In life it’s hardly pitch black versus bright white. As much as we don’t love to admit it, we’re often wrong even when we’re right. Our, “adversaries” are also often right, even when we can show they are in the wrong. Although our emotions try to convince us it is to one extreme; it’s always a good idea to take a step back and look at the other perspective. Which brings me to my next point:

There are Very Few True Villains

I tied in the Presidential race precisely because of this. Politics are extremely polarizing and we love to villainize our party’s political opponents. Are they really pure evil? Sure it isn’t outside of the realm of possibilities, but it’s also very unlikely. In most cases, there is a very high chance that those politicians think that they can make our country ‘better’. Whether or not they are able to or whether or not we agree with their methods is an entirely different manner. At the most basic level, each of our own definitions of what ‘better’ is varies wildly.

This isn’t to say that people don’t act in self-interest. Whether it’s political candidates, business people, or friends and family, there can definitely be some self-interest involved. Although I don’t have any studies to prove it, I would be willing to bet that very few individuals actually act completely out of self-interest.

Reach Across the Isles

One plus one equals two. Two plus two equals four. It’s simple math. There are times that we can work with those who are usually our ‘opponents.’ Not only does it mean more people, but they often bring different perspectives that help you tackle problems in new ways. Find the common “enemy” – or goal- that can unite you, even if just for that project.

Get all the Facts

Ignorance can be dangerous. I don’t mean stupidity; I mean not having all the facts. Being ignorant of the facts can get you in trouble. Now there are definitely times that you’ll encounter you have irreconcilable differences; however, you may be surprised to see that sometimes the gap isn’t as big as you once thought.

Insurance Specific Advice:

By its nature, the insurance industry can often have situations that seem adversarial. You may be competing with another agent for business. Your customer may have been in an accident, in which case you may find yourself ‘battling’ to help them get their claim taken care of. Sometimes a customer may bring in legal representation, which can put you in an adversarial position, whether you don’t see eye to eye with the lawyer or you don’t agree with the insurance company’s claim department. When possible, try to find common ground. It’s very unlikely that any of the parties involved are acting completely out of self-interest and everyone can agree that, within reason, everyone wants what’s right for the customer.