I think every CEO has a little superhero in them. It’s not easy being the CEO. Dealing with demanding clients, powerful partners, technology challenges, and always needing to see the future before it happens can require nothing less than super powers.
The question is how do you see yourself? Which superhero would you think most match your character or lifestyle?
Maybe you’re like superman – an alien from another planet. Or Wonder Woman, more powerful than your male counterparts. Could it be Spidy, Captain America or Wolverine? We normally have our favorites and the one we identify with most.
So I will go first with the superhero that I am least like. I definitely could never be Captain America. I was never a boy scout and rules always seem to bother me simply because I rarely find them to be in my favor. Superman was born with his powers and somehow seem entitled to being powerful. I’ve had to work hard for the few powers that I have, so I just can’t identify with Supes. Wolverine is also not my cup of tea.
I think this is an evolving thing however. When I was younger I would associate more with Spiderman, mainly because he was a nerdy, skinny, boy genius. I was teaching computer programming at 19 years old, started my first company the same year, and was managing a multi-million dollar data center of HP mainframes at 21. I was also a weekend hacker at that time but I will leave that for another blog. This was many years ago before there was mobile and the internet so it was not yet such a cool thing to be a nerd. Bill Gates was the boy nerd of the day but he wasn’t exactly cool… even though he was the role model of the time. I liked Spidey because I wasn’t afraid to jump from tall buildings and felt that my spidey sense of what was to come in technology was well tuned. I was right.
Today, I’m not that skinny kid with big glasses and no longer really associate with Spiderman. Evolution has taken place and I think I am more in the Batman phase. Unlike Superman that was born with his powers, Batman had to go out and spend years earning his. I’m clearly not afraid of the dark and don’t mind taking on the big guys. I bench 100+ pounds reps every morning for fun so I am a bit beyond the skinny nerd days as well. I run companies now and have serious responsibilities. I enjoy my secret identity and leave the mask in the bat cave when I get home.
But what about the future? Clearly, the hero to be is Iron Man. At some point it just seems more efficient and logical to use an armor to block bullets and to fly instead of jumping from building to building. I’m getting a bit old for swinging from one building to another and it takes longer to recover from bruises than before. I’m still working on the armor but don’t be surprised to see me flying soon. I like running things, I like being innovative, and I really enjoy building very cool technology. Building cool technology that makes you fly just seems to be the most logical thing to do at this stage. And yes, I am happy to share the technology, when completed, with our wonderful customers and partners. Saving the world however … well that’s a different thing all together.
So which superhero are you? How do you see yourself today and tomorrow as well? Let me know. Do you have a little superhero in you?
Rohan Hall is the author of Stop Working, a book that teaches entrepreneurs how to use technology and partnerships to build a global businesses. He is the founder and CEO of Cool Mojito a social media company, and rSitez a leading provider of social networking software. He blogs at blog.coolmojito.com.