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Boldly go

Back in the mid-1990s, a book called, “Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next Generation,” was published.

This was when STNG was in its heyday, and the author took examples from episodes of the series to illustrate the leadership style and techniques of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Each chapter covered a different episode.

Alex Knapp, a writer for Forbes magazine, says that he covers “the future of science, technology and culture.” Makes sense that he’s a Trekker.

Knapp has applied this same approach to Picard’s predecessor as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, James Tiberius Kirk (above, portrayed by William Shatner).

Instead writing of an entire book, though, Knapp has penned an article for Forbes enumerating “Five leadership lessons from James T. Kirk.”

These include:
• Never stop learning
• Have advisors with different worldviews
• Be part of the away team
• Play poker, not chess
• Blow up the Enterprise

Really good stuff and worth a look if you are in charge of an operation, whether it’s a law practice or a starship.

Live long and prosper.

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