A friend challenged me to write a blog about Scooby Doo. At first I laughed, but it was my favorite childhood cartoon, and this sounded like an interesting challenge, so here we go….
Things aren’t as bad as they seem
At the beginning of each episode, viewers were introduced to a spooky new villain, usually a ghost, ghoul, or monster. By the end of the episode Scooby and the gang had exposed their very-human adversary as the crooked neighbor or greedy nephew. In much the same way, we should remember that our initial impression of a situation is likely worse than reality.
Everyone brings something valuable
Scooby and the gang were as diverse a group as you’ll find. But each brought a strength that meshed with the others’: Velma was a walking encyclopedia, Shaggy could throw his voice, Fred was the leader and master planner, etc. I’d rather have a team where everyone contributes than one that relies on a single, star performer. Additionally, a diverse team brings more potential approaches to solve a problem.
Shaggy struggled with simple math, Scooby would steal half of his master’s sandwich (he is a dog, after all), and “Dangerprone” Daphne often made a bad situation worse. Despite these flaws, the team stuck together and managed to solve the mystery. If you expect perfection, you’re guaranteed disappointment.
Reward people for their efforts
It was a common scenario: someone had to climb through the open, second story window and only Scooby would fit. But he was frightened and unwilling— until Velma or Daphne offered him Scooby Snacks. You might call this bribery, but I prefer to say that the treats were pre-paid compensation for taking on an extraordinarily challenging task. And kudos to Scooby for occasionally negotiating the number of treats when a situation was more dire than most.
This may be the most important lesson of all. Regardless of the situation, the gang stuck together, and no one was left out or left behind. The show helped us learn the meaning of loyalty and friendship.