The Batman Syndrome

by: Kerry Wills


In the movies, Batman learns to overcome his fear which makes him a great superhero because he no longer lets fear get in his way or control his actions. I wonder if, in the corporate world, people made decisions and took actions without any fear. There are plenty of places where fear creeps in…

  • Acceptance – People want the approval of their managers and peers and may not speak up because they may not be accepted.
  • Performance – People are reviewed and get rewarded based on performance so there may be a fear of not being rewarded.
  • Stability – There can be the fear of losing one’s job due to uncertainty, performance or changes.
  • Being wrong – People may not want to make decisions in the case where it is wrong or has a bad consequence.

I think the main message for us is to be aware of when fear may be creeping into our decision making process and recognize it. This may cause us to make different decisions or act differently, which may be a good thing.

So, on one hand Batman would make a great business leader since he would make decisions and take actions without any fear. On the other hand, I am not sure that a mask and cape would comply with a corporate dress code.

About the Author

Kerry Wills is a proven Program Manager/Portfolio Manager with an extensive background in Project Management, consulting, and application development. Kerry has consistently demonstrated the ability to plan and implement large and complex projects on time and on/under budget. Kerry runs a blog, Adventures in Project Management.

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