Working with The Muppets: Which Character Are You?
There are some brands out there that you’re just never too old to love and revert back to your inner six-year-old self for. LEGOs is one such brand that I loved as a kid and I still walk down its aisle at Target today to see what’s new (just a FYI, there’s some really cool stuff now). The other brand is the Muppets. We’ve all grown up with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang and now they’re coming back into our lives!
Each character’s personality is much like the ones we’ve come across in our everyday work lives. Granted, we maybe haven’t interacted with a frog, but Kermit’s qualities are similar to our coworkers and fellow team members. See if you can pick yourself out (or your fellow Cubeville members) from this group of Jim Henson’s beloved puppet characters.
We all have those little traits about ourselves that we wish we didn’t possess. I’m not entirely sure Miss Piggy is aware that she’s a bit arrogant and self-centered, but there’s no denying she knows she’s glamorous. She has a lot going for her though, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get ahead and make her dreams come true. She doesn’t just sit back and wait for things to happen, instead she makes them happen. Miss Piggy is a great addition to teams since she’ll keep the group moving forward (while looking fabulous at the same time).
Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog
After watching just a few minutes of any of ‘The Muppets’ movies, it’s plain to see that Kermit (or Kermie, if you’re channeling your inner Miss Piggy) is a natural-born leader. He’s cautious and won’t hastily make decisions. He’s a great listener and will help the team move along to accomplish their tasks, and provide some laughs and songs along the way.
During stressful meetings, a little comic relief can go a long way to ease tensions and emotions. Enter Fozzie Bear. You can’t help but love this irrepressible guy and his attempts to bring a smile to your face while deadlines are quickly approaching. I dare anyone to not crack a smile with his ‘Wocka Wocka Wocka’ phrase. He’s a great member of the team and follows directions to ensure that the goals are all met.
While others may discount Gonzo for being the oddball who doesn’t quite fit in, he’s a vital team member. The experiences and ideas that someone different from the majority can bring to the table can bring unique solutions to problems that would have otherwise never been thought of. Add in his pal, Rizzo the Rat, and you won’t have to worry about a shortage of ideas.
Sam the Eagle
Sam the Eagle
Nobody wants to be “that” person in the group who’s a grouch and no fun. However, this team member is important to have in larger groups to ensure that everyone stays on task and does what they’re supposed to. Sam’s just the guy to give you a swift kick in the butt and get you back on track to reaching your group’s goals by the deadline.
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker
Dr. Busen Honeydew and Beaker
These two muppets are imperative to an overall group’s success. Like Fozzie, they mean well and only have good intentions for offering up ideas, but sometimes their ideas don’t pan out in reality. They have no fear of failure, which isn’t always a bad quality to have, and they’re always willing to try out new ideas without having any objections. Well, maybe Beaker has some occasional objections…but he’s a good sport nonetheless. With these two guys in your group, you’ll reach a solution quicker since they have so many ideas and possible answers.
The most successful groups are those that have a lot of unique people in them to draw from, because their diverse backgrounds offer up new ways of thinking and solving problems. While you may not be green or an alien, you can still be an integral part in your group’s success. If I could write a 25,000 word blog about each of the Muppets, I would. However, with the The Muppets movie growing in popularity, a quick overview of the main characters will have to suffice for now.
Which of these Muppets character are you? Are there any other characters or personalities that should have been included? Are you excited about “The Muppets” movie coming out? Shout off below!