They say that replication is one of the highest forms of compliment and that great ideas always bring about replication. So when I wrote about Star Trek as a leadership metaphor back in July of 1010, it was nothing short of a compliment to those previous words that inspired me. In fact, it was more of an homage to Dr. Randy Pausch who wrote on lessons learned from Captain Kirk in his book, The Last Lecture. It’s been great to see over the last few years that the ideas of Gene Roddenberry have become more than just geek entertainment, but parables on leadership, human interaction and excellence. Most likely, that was the message that Gene wanted to convey with his series and would be proud to see it continue to evolve today.
So when Alex Knapp of Forbes Magazine published the recent article below in his blog, it served as further validation that the story of Captain Kirk’s Enterprise has depth as a leadership model. You don’t have to be a Trekkie or a sci-fi geek to appreciate the fact that it’s a simple analogy, easy to identify with and crosses several generations.
For the BBB Article from July 15, 2010 see;
Also worth reading, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch