Starfleet Leadership Academy - Leadership Through Star Trek

Starfleet Leadership Academy - Leadership Through Star Trek

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.

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January 25, 2022 38 min

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Deep Space 9, Whispers (Season 2, Episode 14). He will examine the leadership approaches of Commander Sisko.

Strange things are afoot on DS9 - and O'Brien is caught in the middle of it! Sisko's "odd" behavior gives us the opportunity to learn about DOWNTIME; the 8 wastes of lean:

D - Defects O - Overproduction W - Waiting N - Non-Utilized Talent T - Transportation I - Inv...

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On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Enterprise, A Night in Sickbay (Season 2 Episode 5). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Archer.

Captain Archer decides he is too good to apologize. In doing this, he insults his crew and jeopardizes his ship. Jeff examines his actions and how he finally decides to do the right thing.

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January 4, 2022 37 min

Eliza VanCort is an unapologetic space claimer that describes herself as a speaker, mentor, a rule breaker and an author.   She is the founder of The Actor’s Workshop in Ithaca, New York and a Cook House Fellow at Cornell University.   Eliza a bestselling author that has thrived through unspeakable tragedy. And on top of all that, she’s a huge Star Trek fan!!   LINKS: Website: https://www.elizavancort.com Book: https://amzn.to/3p8d...

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December 28, 2021 38 min

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Lower Decks, Second Contact (Season 1, Episode 1). He will examine the leadership approaches of Ensigns Mariner and Boimler.

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We often get so wrapped up in the mundane; in the day-to-day activity of checking the boxes. When you can remain connected to your WHY - why you are doing the thing you're doing - that changes dramatically.

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December 14, 2021 52 min

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, Basics Parts 1 and 2 (Season 2, Episode 26 and Season 3, Episode 1). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Janeway.

Article on Hope from Psychology Today

Hope is often the one thing that can help people get through tough situations. When the Voyager crew faces the unimaginable, Janeway is crystal clear that they will be positive and hopeful, and this helps them be...

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November 30, 2021 41 min

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Discovery, Lethe (Season 1, Episode 6). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Lorca and Michael Burnham.

Captain Lorca is a master manipulator. We see him offer things to people to advance his own agenda. Jeff will adapt this self-serving approach so that you can use it in a way that benefits everyone. It's SELFISH vs SELFLESS.

Jeff also breaks down some incredible coa...

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November 16, 2021 37 min

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 Tro...

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November 2, 2021 27 min

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 w...

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October 19, 2021 30 min

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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October 5, 2021 34 min

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 dis...

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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 pro...

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September 21, 2021 36 min

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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    September 7, 2021 35 min

    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 vulnerabi...

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    August 24, 2021 34 min

    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&...

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    August 10, 2021 38 min

    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 tha...

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    July 27, 2021 34 min

    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...
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    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 th...

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    July 13, 2021 36 min

    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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    June 29, 2021 36 min

    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, tactic...

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    June 15, 2021 27 min

    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 ...

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