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TNG: Eye of the Beholder

The importance of connecting with your team

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Eye of the Beholder (Season 7, Episode 18). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Commander Riker.

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Riker shows us the value and importance of forming meaningful connections with the people on your team. Picard helps Troi by just being there to listen and to validate her feelings. This episode will show you how you can apply these to your day-to-day.

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ENT: Acquisition

Archer shows us how to unlock the potential in others.

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Enterprise, Acquisition (Season 1, Episode 19). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Archer.

Captain Archer and his team are boarded by a group of unknown aliens (Ferengi...). Archer decides to use the talents, and social status, of one of them to leverage his way to escape.

Leaders and managers listening to this will learn how to unlock the potential in the people they work with. And we'll all have a chance to decide is THIS is the episode of Star Trek that destroys canon....

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DS9: Inquisition

A Leader Will Stand Up For Their Team. Or, As We Call It, "Sisko Up."

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Deep Space 9, Inquisition (Season 6, Episode 18). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Sisko.

In this episode we are introduced to "Deputy Director" Sloan (aka The Reaper, aka Death) and Section 31. He challenges everything we've every discussed about ends justifying the means. And we learn how to "Sisko Up!"

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VOY: One

Seven is alone for a month and Janeway unlocks the secret to Change Management

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, One (Season 4, Episode 25). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Janeway and explore the effects of isolation on Seven of Nine.

Janeway unlocks the reason people are resistant to change. With that, Jeff explores how to mitigate that and to help you more effectively manage change in your organization.

In Jeff's analysis of Seven of Nine's isolation, he discusses the horrors of solitary confinement in criminal justice systems. Visit Unlock the Box to learn more and see what you can do to help stop this inhuman practice.

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Keep it FAST with Gordon Tredgold. An Award-Winning Author and Star Trek Fan

One of the world's top leadership experts talks about how Star Trek shaped his career

In an exciting departure from my normal format, I had the opportunity to visit with, and learn from, Gordon Tredgold. 

Gordon is a highly acclaimed by Inc. 100 as a leadership speaker, an award-winning author, a recognized leadership guru and, most importantly, a Star Trek fan!

Gordon Tredgold is uniquely talented at quickly creating effective plans of action for corporations. He is renowned in the business world for delivering projects well ahead of their deadlines. The most prominent achievement in that realm was delivering a project valued at 30 million dollars in a sixth of the time it was estimated to take. The estimate was 18 months, he did it in 3. 

Gordon’s Childhood Growing up, Gordon played rugby and enjoyed doing math. These were big inspirations for him as he progressed through life. Gordon was not a very large boy, and as such he had to rely on his intellect and strategic ability to win rugby matches. He learned that he could rally his teammates around a simple plan, and that as long as they really believed in it, they were successful more often than not. Furthermore, solving complex math problems also requires one to devise a plan and put it into action. So, this is an area where Gordon further sharpened those skills. 

Early Career Gordon graduated from Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Knowing early on that he was a brilliant strategist, Gordon felt that he could make a name for himself advising companies, particularly, IT companies. He excelled quickly and began taking on more and more complex projects voluntarily. 

His Books Gordan is the author of FAST: 4 Principles Every Business Needs to Achieve Success and Drive Results. In this book, he details how he has been successful and what is unique  about his approach to problem solving and strategy development. He also wrote _Leadership: It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint: Everything You Need to Know about Sustainable Achievements_where he describes his leadership abilities and details what skills, talents, and qualities are needed for a leader to be effective. 

Gordon also gave a TEDx speech at TEDx Belfort. And he did it in French!!

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DS9: Things Past

Six Sigma's DMAIC methodology, Problem Solving tools and Curiosity

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Deep Space 9, Things Past (Season 5, Episode 8). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Sisko.

Captain Sisko shows the value of being curious and asking great questions. Jeff also touches on Lean/Six-Sigma Process Improvement by talking about DMAIC:

  • Define
  • Measure
  • Analyze
  • Improve
  • Control

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TOS: A Private Little War

Kirk creates an inclusive environment and demonstrates emotional intelligence.

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Original Series, A Private Little War (Season 2, Episode 16). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Kirk.

Captain Kirk both completely blows it and gets it right. He’s leading an away team mission that goes awry and he ends up getting poisoned by a mugatu. 

Why was he leading the away team you ask? Fantastic question.

Before he does that, though, demonstrates vulnerability and impressive emotional intelligence. He, once again, shows he is a strong manager that invites opinions, even when they are different than his. 

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TNG: Code of Honor

Leadership shines through in this infamous episode.

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Code of Honor (Season 1, Episode 4). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard.

Let's be honest, this is probably the worst episode in all of Star Trek. Despite all of that, there are very valuable leadership lessons in this one.

Picard creates an environment on the bridge where he leans on the collective expertise of the people of his team. He's not interested in being the hero, he just wants the best possible outcome and by listening to those around him, he's able to do that.

What does it mean to be coachable? We hear about coaching all the time, but what about getting coached; being coachable? Picard demonstrates what that looks like with extreme grace, especially given the terrible situation he finds himself in.

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DS9: Return to Grace

Dukat Dresses for the job he wants, not the one he has.

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Deep Space 9, Return to Grace (Season 4, Episode 14). 

This episode focuses on the relationship between Major Kira and a disgraced Dukat. Surprisingly, many of our lessons come from Dukat in this one. Despite being disgraced and being put in charge a freighter, he follows the advice of an age-old saying: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. 

Seeing Kira work with someone that was once her mortal enemy opens the door to interesting takeaways as well. 

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VOY: Message in a Bottle

Your mindset determines your thoughts, which then determine your actions. Just ask The Doctor!

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, Message in a Bottle (Season 4, Episode 14). He will examine the leadership lessons from The Doctor.

Mindsets determine how you see the world around you. Your mindset directly influences your thoughts, and your thoughts determine your actions. The Doctor, as he works with the EMH Mark 2, gives us the opportunity to talk about 4 different mindsets:

  • Abundance vs Scarcity
  • Intentional vs Victim
  • Authentic vs Image
  • Unity vs Detached

In choosing positive and productive mindsets, you can, and will accomplish amazing things, just like the two Emergency Medical Holograms do.

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