A while back I wrote a blog about the ‘90s Are All That on Teen Nick. The blog threw everyone in the office into a fit of joyful nostalgia over a time when kids’ TV shows were simpler. A time before iCarly and her web show dominated the air waves, and before Hannah Montana’s double life. A time when six babies going on adventures was enough to keep us entertained for hours.
Those babies were of course, the Rugrats. I remember watching Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, Susie, and Angelica every morning as a kid. Now that I’m “all growed up,” I can still apply what I learned from that show to my everyday life. And chances are, so can you! You can probably identify with at least one of these characters, and you most likely experience all of these personalities at work on a daily basis.
The Leader: Tommy Pickles
Tommy was born to be the leader of the pack. He always has a level head, has tools at the ready for any project, and isn’t afraid to take some risks. His motto: “A baby’s gotta do, what a baby’s gotta do.” Tommy is never afraid to take charge of the group, and he was great at reassuring others when they were scared. You’ll need a leader like Tommy if you want a successful team.
The Follower: Chuckie Finster
Chuckie would be lost without Tommy’s direction. He is afraid of new things and sometimes needs a little bit of extra encouragement to motivate him to take any sort of risk. However, with a little bit of reassurance from the right leader, Chuckie can make great contributions to your team.
The Jokester: Phil & Lil DeVille
Phil and Lil are here to have a good time. They are reliable, but also easily sidetracked. Phil and Lil are very competitive. You may be able to focus their energy by helping them set specific goals. The best thing about Phil and Lil is that you can always count on them to look at the bright side of things. Sure, your bucket might be full of worms, but hey, those worms could make delicious snacks! (OK, maybe not.)
The Dictator: Angelica Pickles
Angelica is bossy and borderline evil. It’s her way or the highway. She can be difficult (and nearly impossible) to get along with, but she’s probably just misunderstood. She can really get a team moving if she is given a leadership role for a specific task. With a good team, Angelica won’t really be a problem at all.
The Mediator: Susie Carmichael
You can always count on Susie when the going gets tough. She can be a neutral mediator in any situation. Susie will be your go-to gal when you need help settling any office drama. She is sensitive and understanding, but firm, so she will be able to help the team reach a compromise that works for everyone.
Hopefully every workplace has a little bit of each of these personalities. Every team needs a leader, and in turn, some followers. A dictator can be helpful when you’re trying to get a project done on deadline, you’ll need a mediator to smooth things out after the dictator stomps through, and you’ll need some jokesters to lighten the mood when things get stressful. All of these personalities together create an unstoppable team.
What do you think? Which Rugrats character are you? Are there any other characters or personalities that I left out?