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DS9: Inquisition

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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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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