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Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk
Forbes ^ | 03/12/20152 | Alex Knapp

Posted on 03/14/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT by presidio9

Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous Captains in the history of Starfleet. There’s a good reason for that. He saved the planet Earth several times, stopped the Doomsday Machine, helped negotiate peace with the Klingon Empire, kept the balance of power between the Federation and the Romulan Empire, and even managed to fight Nazis. On his five-year mission commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, as well as subsequent commands, James T. Kirk was a quintessential leader, who led his crew into the unknown and continued to succeed time and time again.

(Image via Wikipedia) Kirk’s success was no fluke, either. His style of command demonstrates a keen understanding of leadership and how to maintain a team that succeeds time and time again, regardless of the dangers faced. Here are five of the key leadership lessons that you can take away from Captain Kirk as you pilot your own organization into unknown futures.

1. Never Stop Learning

“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown– only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”

Captain Kirk may have a reputation as a suave ladies man, but don’t let that exterior cool fool you. Kirk’s reputation at the Academy was that of a “walking stack of books,” in the words of his former first officer, Gary Mitchell. And a passion for learning helped him through several missions. Perhaps the best demonstration of this is in the episode “Arena,”

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2. Have Advisors With Different Worldviews

3. Be Part Of The Away Team

4. Play Poker, Not Chess

5. Blow up the Enterprise

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1 posted on 03/14/2012 2:36:39 PM PDT by presidio9
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1. Never Stop Learning

2. Have Advisors With Different Worldviews

3. Be Part Of The Away Team

4. Play Poker, Not Chess

5. Blow up the Enterprise

6. If she is attractive, get her in your bed.

There, fixed it.

2 posted on 03/14/2012 2:46:25 PM PDT by Mr. Impatient (Some men aren't looking for anything logical, some men just want a tangerine.)
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To: presidio9

Great article. What was even MORE interesting though, was the link there to the five mistakes of the Galactic Empire in Star Wars. It reads like the Obama administration. Seriously.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 2:47:52 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: presidio9

In contrast, a leader who has lived as a world traveler, not as a traveler between worlds, follows these rules:

1. Never Start Learning - You already know everything you feel, and that’s what matters in life.

2. Have Advisors With Your Worldview - Why listen to others? After all, you won!

3. Be Part Of The Home Team - Send others out there to take the risk, and you can take the credit if they succeed (e.g., kill Osama) or throw them under the bus if things don’t work out.

4. Play Tiddly Winks, Not Chess - It’s more your speed intellectually.

5. Blow up the Country - You never liked it anyways, and if you get lucky it might be replaced with something you do like.


4 posted on 03/14/2012 2:49:12 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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8) If part of an away team, never wear a red shirt (they always die).


5 posted on 03/14/2012 2:49:51 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (God is dead - William Hamilton....William Hamilton is dead - God (And he means it))
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6 posted on 03/14/2012 2:50:12 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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Be Part of the Away Team


7 posted on 03/14/2012 2:50:56 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Democrats love direct democracy until it's time to vote on something. Then they scream for a judge)
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To: Mr. Impatient

“6. If she is attractive, get her in your bed.”

7. If she is attractive and green, see if she has a sister. It will make for a great story over a bottle of Romulan ale.


8 posted on 03/14/2012 2:52:37 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: Mr. Impatient

7. never wrestle a Gorn.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 2:53:30 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Mr. Impatient
1. If she is attractive, get her in your bed.

2. Never Stop Learning

3. Have Advisors With Different Worldviews

4. Be Part Of The Away Team

5. Play Poker, Not Chess

6. Blow up the Enterprise

NOW it's fixed...


10 posted on 03/14/2012 2:55:08 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: presidio9

I once read that the Captain’s character was based (loosely of course) on Captain Hornblower.


11 posted on 03/14/2012 2:55:26 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: presidio9

9.) Always start with the drop kick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPuOMDpiNtM&feature=related


12 posted on 03/14/2012 2:59:18 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (RIP Tea Party 2009-2012)
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I've been streaming various episodes from the original Star Trek onto my Kindle Fire tablet and I'm pleasantly amazed at the quality of the writing, acting, and general production aspects. This show made young people dream. It also makes ya want to weep, to compare the crap on TV today with the great shows of the past.

(BTW, the entire three seasons of the original Star Trek are available for free download for tablet owners with Amazon Prime membership).

13 posted on 03/14/2012 2:59:52 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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10. Find some technicality, however obscure, to confiscate Harcourt Fenton Mudd's cargo and keep them in your quarters for security.
14 posted on 03/14/2012 3:00:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: presidio9
Personally, I get my motivational inspiration from Sir Topham Hatt, but James T. Kirk is a close second!


15 posted on 03/14/2012 3:01:59 PM PDT by RetroSexual
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16 posted on 03/14/2012 3:02:55 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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17 posted on 03/14/2012 3:05:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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11. If some drunk Scot in the back tells you “I dinna think they will take any more, Captain! “ - ignore him and floor it. Those alien babes won’t wait forever.


18 posted on 03/14/2012 3:06:55 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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19 posted on 03/14/2012 3:08:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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Sing "When you wish upon a star" to female Thralls.

20 posted on 03/14/2012 3:08:48 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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21 posted on 03/14/2012 3:11:29 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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3. Be Part Of The Away Team

that doesn’t wear red.


22 posted on 03/14/2012 3:12:41 PM PDT by stylin19a
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23 posted on 03/14/2012 3:13:09 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: yarddog
I once read that the Captain’s character was based (loosely of course) on Captain Hornblower.

Most of Star Trek is based on the Forbidden Planet, including the captain getting the girl.

24 posted on 03/14/2012 3:14:01 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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26 posted on 03/14/2012 3:15:51 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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27 posted on 03/14/2012 3:16:17 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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28 posted on 03/14/2012 3:16:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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Kirk: "You see to it that the dilithium crystal hangs together, Scotty and I'll make sure our guests are comfortable. I'll be in my quarters."

Scotty: "Oh, aye, Captain, I'll get right on it. And I'll make sure your food replicator is cross-linked to the waste disposal system, ye sorry sack of Cardassian #&**#@#!"

29 posted on 03/14/2012 3:24:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

“Guess who is not coming back?”

The one with the Phaser. What they don’t teach in Starfleet security school is that the bodyguard is always taken out first.


30 posted on 03/14/2012 3:24:46 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

Nuff said! LOL


31 posted on 03/14/2012 3:25:53 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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32 posted on 03/14/2012 3:26:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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#7 Never drink Romulan Ale with Sulu on a camping trip....


33 posted on 03/14/2012 3:26:53 PM PDT by Alistair Stratford IV (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: presidio9; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA

I watched about 5 minutes of the new Star Trek movie the other day.

“Kirk” was running around with swollen hands, I got the impression that was supposed to be funny.


34 posted on 03/14/2012 3:28:16 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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7. If the bitch is green, there must be something wrong with the p*ssy. (Courtesy of Eddie Murphy)


35 posted on 03/14/2012 3:29:31 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Moonman62

“Forbidden Planet” was a classic and a very entertaining classic at that.

I have it on VHS tape, need to see if it is on DVD. That girl was as hot as they come, what was her name, Altaira or something like that?


36 posted on 03/14/2012 3:30:20 PM PDT by yarddog
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37 posted on 03/14/2012 3:41:11 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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100 reasons why Kirk is better than Picard
38 posted on 03/14/2012 3:47:26 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: yarddog

Alta, or Altaira. Played by Anne Francis. [heavy sigh].


39 posted on 03/14/2012 3:50:49 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: yarddog
I once read that the Captain’s character was based (loosely of course) on Captain Hornblower.

Yes, that was one of Roddenberry's claims. It makes more sense than the other reference that he used ("Wagon Train to the stars").

There's a bit of old seafaring language sprinkled into the Star Trek franchise, though some of it is obscure and re-tasked.

For example, warping a ship (usually *out* from a quay) means moving it by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier.

BTW, if you've seen the recent film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, you'll notice a continuation of the captain / ship's doctor friendship as a plot element. I can't recall if that was present in Hornblower; I haven't read that since I was a child.

40 posted on 03/14/2012 4:08:01 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: P.O.E.

I’d buy that for a quatloo.


41 posted on 03/14/2012 4:09:07 PM PDT by Stand W (Crush your enemies! See them driven before you! Hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Vendome

LOL


42 posted on 03/14/2012 4:12:23 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: P.O.E.

That “Thrall” went on to have a rather interesting film career.


43 posted on 03/14/2012 4:24:41 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy

I watched Faux Trek: Revenge of the Star Wars Groupies once... once. Bad parody. Imagine if Trek fans who loathed SW got to direct the next SW movie (then again, it would probably be better than the prequels).


44 posted on 03/14/2012 4:45:32 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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The people behind the movie were SW fans who don’t like Star Trek?


45 posted on 03/14/2012 4:54:15 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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Five Rules to Live By

1. Money cannot buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a
Mercedes than on a bicycle.

2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.

3. Help someone when he is in trouble and he will remember you when
he’s in trouble again.

4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.

5. Reforming an Obama supporter is like trying to pick up a turd by
its clean end.


46 posted on 03/14/2012 4:58:25 PM PDT by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: Impy

It was pretty obvious. And that scene in the bar where Faux (but hot) Uhura enters, it was a rip off of “Boogie Nights.” I mean, seriously, WTF ?!?


47 posted on 03/14/2012 5:01:29 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: presidio9

Number 1 has to be “Always take a run at the hot girl.”

And the last one needs to be rewriten “If things are dire, don’t hesitate to blow up the Enterprise.”


48 posted on 03/14/2012 5:40:16 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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If I were on a ship and at risk of injury or death I’d want to be friends with the doctor too. Doctors are people and like most people will try harder to save someone they are friends with.


49 posted on 03/14/2012 5:49:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Charles Martel
For example, warping a ship (usually *out* from a quay) means moving it by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier.

IIRC, "warp" drive consists of somehow attaching the ship to a (moving or generated) gravity wave. So the idea of pulling the ship along does, in fact, properly use the term "warp."

50 posted on 03/14/2012 5:57:21 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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