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12 Things The Avengers Can Teach You About Teamwork

Teamwork makes the dream work (and stops the alien invasion).

Being a part of a team can be tough, especially when you're used to being a solo act. But if a super soldier, a spy, a playboy, a god, a giant green rage monster, and... whatever Hawkeye is can come together and kick butt in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", then you can too -- and here's how.

  1. Put aside your own ego.

    You might think you have all the answers, but everyone has their blind spots. Be sure you're listening to the rest of the group, because they might have some insight that you don't.

  2. Each member of the group is important.

    Antagonizing Hawkeye is all fun and games until you need someone to scope out a vantage point or shoot an explosive arrow at just the right moment.

  3. Choosing the right team members matters.
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    Each member of your team should bring something different to the table -- like, for example, super speed and psychic powers. Nobody on the Avengers has those yet!

  4. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses.

    Steve Rogers can't pick up Thor's mighty hammer, and that's okay. Thor can't pulverize Steve's Vibranium shield WITH his mighty hammer, and that's okay too. And you need both of them to stop a Chitauri invasion.

  5. Solve your problems constructively.

    It can be tempting to rely on harsh words or even your fists when you're in an argument with a team member, but often it's much more productive to talk about what's wrong and come to an agreement together.

  6. Everyone on the team should have a common goal.

    Ideally it probably shouldn't be "vengeance for a fallen comrade," but it's a lot easier to get focused if you're all working towards the same thing.

  7. Team relationships are important.

    You don't have to be super close friends with every member of your team, but it helps to have at least one person in your corner.

  8. Be honest about what you bring to the group.

    Communication is key. Are you up against a terrifying alien invasion that's unlike anything you were ever trained for? Let your team know, and they'll find the right place to put you when the battle begins.

  9. Consult the team before you make big decisions.

    If Tony Stark had just been like, "hey guys, what if I made a super advanced AI program to guard the world so we don't have to?" then the rest of the Avengers would have gotten to talk it over and maybe Ultron wouldn't have turned out to be such a jerk.

  10. It's not the end of the world if you make a mistake.

    Barring any psychotic androids you might accidentally unleash on all of humanity, of course -- that would definitely be cause for alarm. But otherwise, a good team knows how to support its members when things go wrong.

  11. Trust your teammates to have your back.

    They'll be there to catch you when you fall. Literally.

  12. Group cohesiveness can make or break a team.

    Research shows that groups perform best when all of its members have positive feelings towards one another. Once the Avengers got over their differences and started working together, they were a much better fighting force than they were when they first started out.

    Check out whether or not the Avengers stick it out as a team when "Age of Ultron" arrives in theaters on May 1!