Five Leadership Lessons of James T. Kirk: The Movie (Or, How Alex Knapp Plans To Conquer The Universe)

If you missed Alex Knapp’s article on the five leadership lessons of James T. Kirk you really should read it. Or, if you prefer, you can watch Alex’s video version which he recorded at Forbes headquarters in New York.

Video after the leap…

Seriously great stuff from Alex lately, who is now conquering the internet one geeked out leadership lesson at a time.

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15 thoughts on “Five Leadership Lessons of James T. Kirk: The Movie (Or, How Alex Knapp Plans To Conquer The Universe)

  1. Along with Five Leadership Lessons of Jean-Luc Picard and Five Leadership Mistakes of the Galactic Empire.  Is it Geek Week at Forbes, Alex?

    The Kirk one is very nicely tongue-in-cheek:

    With his boots on the ground, he was always able to make quick assessments of the situation, leading to superior results. At least, superior for everyone with a name and not wearing a red shirt.

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  2. Enough with leadership!  I’m looking forward to “Five Objections to Technological Progress from Dr. Leonard H. McCoy.”  Either that, or “Five Tips for Interstellar Romance from Commander William Riker.”

    But these were great.

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  3. The Five Leadership Lessons of Col. Walter Kurtz:

    1.   If all around  you failure and incompetence run rampant…. run.

    2.   Never trust anyone without ass meat on the line.

    3.   Accountability, like power, varies with the inverse square of distance.

    4.   Where other forms of persuasion fail, fear works miracles.

    5.   To thine own self be true, for you can bet your bottom dollar nobody else wants to hear it.

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      • ,,, may I hasten to add, present company excepted.    Still, I could make a fire to be seen for miles with first editions of worthless management books.   Nor have I seen anyone with an MBA capable of managing his way out of a paper bag.

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        • I’ve actually read a number of good management books, maybe I just have selection bias since I don’t browse.

          On the other hand, I’m entirely certain that most people who get an MBA walk into an organization having spent all their time obsessing about quant stuff and probably not paying much attention at all in the organizational behavior classes.

          It’s a very weird phenomenon.

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