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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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SFLA Presents: Black Widow Movie Review and Comic Book Differences by FanDummies

An exciting look at Black Widow and the differences between the MCU version, and the original comics

A special presentation from the Starfleet Leadership Academy

Black Widow Movie Review and Comic Book Differences by FanDummies

Marvel's Black Widow movie has FINALLY! been released on Disney+ and at theaters. We have been waiting for a Black Widow movie what feels like forever! We are going to talk about what Black Widow is about, who's in it, and of course we will do a review. There are a lot of differences between the MCU Black Widow movie and the comics it is based on, so we had to make a top 5 differences between the movie and the comics list.

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TNG: Elementary, Dear Data

Pulaski shows us the value of failing; and maybe sets up Data's Kobayashi Maru

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Elementary, Dear Data (Season 2, Episode 3). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Dr. Pulaski.

Pulaski lays out the lesson in this one: "Where’s the value in winning a battle there’s no chance of losing?"

Data and Geordi also give us an enviable glimpse into relationships with people that are neurodivergent.

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DIS: Choose Your Pain

Saru creates the perfect performance feedback model. Oh, and Harry Mudd!

In this episode, Jeff Akin magnifies Saru's performance as an acting captain in Season 1 Episode 5, "Star Trek: Discovery" Choose Your Pain. Due to the Klingons abducting Lorca, it is up to Saru to take over the captainship and lead the whole crew. As Saru takes on the role, he reviews the qualities set up by the computer to use as his leadership model. These qualities are bravery, self-sacrifice, intelligence, tactical brilliance, and compassion. Will Saru succeed? Later, watch out as Jeff talks about a robust feedback model that can transform you and your team in a crisis situation in light of the lessons from Saru. Listen to the episode and join Jeff as he talks about the lessons we can learn from Saru's example of leadership and more. Your After-action After Saru   After Jeff reviewed the episode, we found out that Saru failed to follow the qualities of the fleet's most decorated captains. He disrespected a senior medical officer and the brain behind the spore drive in front of the whole bridge. He even pawned his performance as the acting captain on to Burnham instead of owning up to it.  When he reviewed his performance, Saru displayed self-awareness by expressing, "I know what I did." Having self-awareness is known to be one of the facets of emotional intelligence for leaders. However, Saru was not able to show bravery, compassion, or tactical brilliance in his stint as the captain. For Jeff, there is a valuable insight in this episode of "Discovery" that can help leaders. E.g., learn the qualities of your leader models. By doing this, you discover and do the successful traits of your standout models quantitative to you. Setting up periodic check-ins on your development is also key. If you're pretty recognized in your field, a quarterly check-in is a good tempo. If you're starting, bi-weekly may be the one that will work. Jeff also cites a powerful performance review model from J. Elise Keith's "Where the Action Is." We use the Action Review Tool after a task and begin with fact-checking followed by observations and learnings. It is then used to determine an immediate improvement plan plus the incredible insights for the after-action. Listen more about how you can learn from the episode of "Star Trek: Discovery" Choose Your Pain in the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast! About Starfleet Leadership Academy:   Star Trek is full of great examples of leadership. Jeff Akin, a leader with over 20 years of executive management experience in both the public and private sectors, breaks down each episode of Star Trek, from The Original Series to Discovery and beyond, pointing out examples of great leadership, management, lean/six-sigma, communication and more. If you enjoy Star Trek, or are even a little Trek-curious, and have an appetite for leadership development, this is the podcast for you! Outline of the episode: ●      [01:05] How Cornwell sees Burnham ●      [04:51] Saru cross-references his skills with Starfleet's most decorated captains ●      [08:38] Stamet refocuses on a knock-out that's on the verge ●      [13:08] Rating Lorca and Saru based on bravery, self-sacrifice, intelligence, tactical brilliance, and compassion ●      [17:05] Lorca and Tyler outsmart the Klingons; Saru displays bravery and compassion ●      [20:47] Saru pawns his poor performance onto Burnham ●      [22:57] Having self-awareness, Saru interjects the computer's performance review of him ●      [27:28] How to learn from Saru's Performance Review ●      [31:08] The Pareto Chart: In the assessment of skills and qualities of standouts ●      [33:28] The Action Review Tool Resources: Find Where the Action Is, Book by J. Elise Keith: https://www.jeffakin.com/p/reading-list/ Follow the fleet and connect through: Website:          https://jeffakin.com Twitter:            https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Instagram:       https://www.instagram.com/jefftakin/ Facebook:       https://facebook.com/groups/sflapodcast/ YouTube:        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCebdT7xtm2237q0f857BBuw

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ENT: The Catwalk

When Archer Drops the Ball, We Pick it Back Up

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Enterprise, The Catwalk (Season 2, Episode 12). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Archer. And we try something new to do so!

We learn how to make meaningful, professional relationships using emotional intelligence as a framework.

Five Dimensions of Emotional Intelligence:

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social Skills

In this episode, we are going to do a fan rewrite of The Catwalk. We will demonstrate the value of building relationships with your staff and teams through emotional intelligence.

Pretending that Archer’s a strong leader

[3:32] It’s September 18, 2152. They found an uninhabited planet and are going to spend the next week surveying it. Trip and Archer are excited to sneak in some R&R. An alien crew reaches out to them and lets them know that a new tronic storm is on its way and they’re going to need shelter. Archer allows them to come aboard, but they have to figure out how to survive the storm.

[4:18] Trip suggested. The catwalk and flocks confirmed that it should be shielded enough, but they will have to shut down the reactor. That’ll keep the temperatures back there livable.

[4:50] So many stories, books, movies, just brush off that most equalizing moment of all humanity using the bathroom.

Rewrite Time!

[6:36] We cut to Archer walking up and down the walkway. He’s smiling at the crew as he walks by a crewman, pulls him aside, and asked for help on a crossword puzzle.

[7:41] What’s important here is that Archer doesn’t insert himself in a disruptive way in the workplace. Managers tend to stop people from doing work all the time. The approach Archer is taking here respects their time where he takes a moment to connect with them but then moves along to get back to the important stuff.

[9:43] Choosing to go out and share a space with the crew was a masterful move by Archer that will go a long way in earning the trust and the respect of his crew.

[11:31] Archer chooses to trust them, and they begin planning a response. In the meantime, the militia is starting up the reactor. Now, this starts a timer. It’s going to heat the catwalk up to over 300 degrees that’ll kill the entire crew trip guesses that they’ve got 20 minutes tops again.

[12:54] Mayweather executes his part of the plan steering the ship for a plasma Eddie that will rip the ship apart. Archers in the galley and ends up in a firefight with the militia soldiers. Tensions continue to build. The reactor shutdown is taking longer than expected, and archers pin down.

[14:03] The episode ends with Archer making some jokes about Vulcans along with the personal bonds they formed.

Connecting with your Teams and the People you work with

[17:27] There’s some issue going on between staff. The staff person said something about the GM being out of touch and not even knowing the staff. The GM responds, “I don’t have to know the staff.” That moment steered so much of how Jeff lead in that company. He made it a priority to develop a professional relationship with each member of his team. Jeff was able to leverage those relationships several times to everyone’s benefit.

[20:04] This is not an easy skill to master. But it is so powerful once you do. The first thing to keep in mind about these relationships is that they are professional. That doesn’t mean personal stuff is off-limits. But it does mean that you need to have some boundaries, like you don’t hang out all the time and share a bunch of family pics with each other on Facebook. You need to connect on a meaningful level, but that connection should be rooted in trust and integrity.

[22:32] Using appropriate social skills and humor – topics and voices relevant to the situation – at the right time is vital. Just being comfortable interacting with the person. Strong social skills are the skeleton that all the other emotional intelligence dimensions connect to when developing meaningful relationships.

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DS9: Trials and Tribble-ations

Sisko and Kirk together? Yes, please!

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Deep Space 9, Trials and Tribble-ations (Season 5, Episode 6). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Sisko.

We learn valuable lessons about job titles and conflict of interest. We also talk about a radical new concept in reporting structures: the flat org chart. 

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TNG: Up The Long Ladder

Bringloidi means "dream." And I dream of effective problem solving!

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Up the Long Ladder (Season 2, Episode 18). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Dr. Pulaski.

Dr. Pulaski shows us what it looks like to stand up for and defend the dignity of a co-worker or a team member, while Picard demonstrates the value of just laughing at something when there isn't anything more you can do about it.

Episode Transcript

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TOS: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Change is the essential process of all existence.

In this episode, Jeff Akin breaks down the characters from Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (Star Trek: The Original Series), how Leonard McCoy sticks to the fundamentals when faced with an unfamiliar situation, Spock explaining the necessity of change, and James Kirk’s effective leadership because of his mission statement. As Jeff reviews the episode, focus on each character’s viewpoints throughout the episode’s duration in The Original Series.

Listen to the episode and join Jeff as he talks about the examples McCoy, Spock, and Kirk embody to be good leaders, and more.

Fundamentals, Change, and a Personal Mission Statement Jeff points out strong leadership characteristics for each character. First off, McCoy had to deal with a situation he was not familiar with at all: an entirely new being he has never seen. He says, “When in doubt, the book prevails,” referring to the fundamentals, identifying the variables. Jeff relates that by going back to the basics, you’ll most likely do it wrong the first time, and the rest will run smoothly, rather than doing it wrong every single time.

Second, Spock’s take on the necessity of change represents adaptability. As Spock said, “Change is the essential process of all existence,” trying to persuade Bele that Lokai can change. The premise is that change cannot be stopped; the only thing that can be done is accept and adapt to it. In the workplace context, organizations must grasp the concept of change, so they tend to outperform those that do not and continue to compete and exist. Accepting change in the workplace is a powerful shift because you are compelled to do things differently and better.

Lastly, Kirk maintained a culture that created the best example of the Federation because he aligned his mission statement to that of the Enterprise. Jeff’s take on this is that one is effective in leading by having an aligned mission statement. Having the same goal as the organization ensures a healthy workplace.

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Episode Transcript

About Starfleet Leadership Academy: Star Trek is full of great examples of leadership. Jeff Akin, a leader with over 20 years of executive management experience in both the public and private sectors, breaks down each episode of Star Trek, from The Original Series to Discovery and beyond, pointing out examples of great leadership, management, lean/six-sigma, communication and more.

If you enjoy Star Trek, or are even a little Trek-curious, and have an appetite for leadership development, this is the podcast for you.

Outline of the Episode: [00:48] The beginning of Episode 15, “Let This Be Your Last Battlefield.” [04:08] When in doubt, go back to the fundamentals; identify the variables. [07:34] The representation of racism in the form of Lokai’s appearance. [08:56] Conflict arises in the Enterprise when Bele arrives to get Lokai, a political criminal convicted of treason, but Kirk demands that Lokai goes through due process. [12:00] Examining the episode in the context of the time of its airing. [13:27] Bele takes control of the Enterprise and changes course to Cheron. [16:24] The episode gives an accurate commentary on racism. [18:54] “Change is the essential process of all existence,” says Spock. [19:44] The discovery of the destruction at Cheron caused by the civil war; Lokai and Bele ran off to pursue each other. [21:06] Kirk and the rest of the crew leave behind Lokai and Bele on Cheron. [22:43] Jeff shares his thoughts about the episode in general. [24:42] The importance of having a personal mission that is aligned to your organization’s mission. [29:12] The importance of change in the micro and macro setting.

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