Identifying (And Taming) Your Professional Inner Muppet
The Muppets are making a comeback to the big screen this fall and fans new and old couldn't be more excited. But as adorable and funny as the Muppet clan can be, taking on their personality traits could be holding you back professionally.
While Kermit is solid – really, the backbone of the crew – his supporting cast has some interesting character traits. If you identify with any of the following, you may need to tame your inner Muppet to get ahead in your career or business.
I remember a favorite Miss Piggy phrase was always "Is it for moi?" Miss Piggy is bold, brash, bossy and self-centered. If you identify with Miss Piggy, you can help your business or team stand out in a crowd, but beware of your interpersonal skills. Make sure to share the credit for a job well done with your team and your customers. Also, I do not recommend her trademark karate-chop as a good way to handle conflict at work either.
Fozzie is affable and always telling jokes-usually lame jokes. That means that people like Fozzie, but don't take him too seriously. If you identify with Fozzie, make sure to mix it up and project a serious and credible side as well. Prove that you are dependable or you may be left behind, while those around you are promoted or while cohorts create partnerships with other businesses.
The Swedish Chef has a serious communication problem- literally, no-one can understand what he's talking about. If your ideas are constantly falling flat and not being used or if your marketing message is falling on deaf ears, it could be the Swedish Chef in you. Get feedback from others to help make your messaging more effective.
The two cranky old guys in the Muppet balcony – Statler & Waldorf – have something to say about everyone. If you are overly critical, you may be squashing innovation or finding yourself on the outskirts of a team. Make sure to pepper some praise in with your punditry to come across more fair and balanced.
Animal is creative, but crazy. He's a loose cannon and needs to be kept on a short leash- again, literally. If you have the tendency to explode in stressful situations or go way outside of the scope of projects, dealing with the drama that you cause may not be worth the great work you produce. Try to tone it down and keep your "Animal" instincts to after-hours.
Gonzo the Great is a risk taker- an entrepreneur of sorts. But his stunts- from being shot out of a cannon to eating tires- always end in disaster. If you are a Gonzo, aim to fail fast, quickly and cheaply and don't make a big production out of it or eventually, you will lose your credibility with your team.
Sam the Eagle
Sam is dependable but stiff; he comes across as boring (in fact, so much so that you may not even remember him!). If you identify with Sam, you or your business may also be forgotten, which is not good for your business or career. You may want to be counseled by a "Miss Piggy" to be more bold and stand out in the crowd.
What Muppets do you identify with? Share below.
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Carol Roth is a business strategist, deal maker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She has helped her clients, ranging from solopreneurs to multinational corporations, raise more than $1 billion in capital, complete more than $750 million worth of M&A transactions, secure high-profile licensing and partnership deals and create million dollar brand loyalty programs.
Carol is a frequent radio, television and print media contributor on the topics of business and entrepreneurship, appearing regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, Fox Business, WGN TV Chicago and more. Additionally, Carol’s Unsolicited Business Advice blog at CarolRoth.com was recently named as one of the Top 10 small business blogs online and she is a contributing blogger to outlets like The Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business/Enterprise City.
Ms. Roth holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Twitter: @CarolJSRoth