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Starfleet Leadership Academy - Leadership Through Star Trek

Jeff Akin

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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ENT: A Night In Sickbay
Jan 11 2022
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ENT: A Night In SickbayClaiming Space With Eliza VanCort
Jan 4 2022
37 mins
LD: Second ContactVOY: Basics Parts 1 and 2DIS: LetheTNG: Eye of the BeholderENT: AcquisitionDS9: InquisitionVOY: OneKeep it FAST with Gordon Tredgold. An Award-Winning Author and Star Trek Fan
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!! Connect With Gordon Website: https://gordontredgold.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/gordontredgold/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GTredgold/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gtredgold/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gtredgold/  Follow the Academy 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 Find and follow Starfleet Leadership Academy on all your favorite podcast streaming platforms! Got friends who are fans of Star Trek or interested in topics on leadership? Don't forget to share the podcast! Support the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast on: https://patreon.com/sfla And if you visit the episode page at https://www.jeffakin.com, you'll find a transcript of this episode.
Sep 28 2021
35 mins
DS9: Things PastTOS: A Private Little WarTNG: Code of Honor
Aug 24 2021
34 mins
DS9: Return to GraceVOY: Message in a Bottle
Jul 27 2021
34 mins
SFLA Presents: Black Widow Movie Review and Comic Book Differences by FanDummies
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. Subscribe to FanDummies Podcast - http://www.dummies.fan/Sub-SFLA Please take our Survey: https://forms.gle/TEqToWGJZiXmDViu8 Sign up to FanDummies Newsletter: https://bit.ly/3wEdfcQ Become a Patron at https://patreon.com/fandummies Listen to our Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of all Time Episode - http://www.dummies.fan/top10scifimovies Timeline 00:00:00 Intro 00:01:00 Plot and Cast of Black Widow 00:15:41 Top 5 Differences between Black Widow Movie vs Comics 00:19:26 Support FanDummies - Please Subscribe or Patreon - 00:21:06 Black Widow Review and Rating Follow us on Social Media Twitter - https://twitter.com/fandummies Instagram - https://instagram.com/fandummies_ Facebook - https://facebook.com/fandummies TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@fandummies You can watch us do this podcast episode on YouTube. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel - http://bit.ly/2C1ogLH Shop FanDummies Merch: http://bit.ly/2XkMdau Join our Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/2MNzuJt Check out our TeePublic Curated Store: http://bit.ly/tpubStore
Jul 17 2021
46 mins
TNG: Elementary, Dear DataDIS: Choose Your Pain
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 Support the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast on: https://patreon.com/sfla
Jun 29 2021
36 mins
ENT: The Catwalk
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 AwarenessSelf RegulationMotivationEmpathySocial Skills In this episode, we are going to do a fan rewrite of The Catwalk. We will demonstrate the value of building relationships with your staff and teams through emotional intelligence. Pretending that Archer’s a strong leader [3:32] It’s September 18, 2152. They found an uninhabited planet and are going to spend the next week surveying it. Trip and Archer are excited to sneak in some R&R. An alien crew reaches out to them and lets them know that a new tronic storm is on its way and they’re going to need shelter. Archer allows them to come aboard, but they have to figure out how to survive the storm. [4:18] Trip suggested. The catwalk and flocks confirmed that it should be shielded enough, but they will have to shut down the reactor. That’ll keep the temperatures back there livable. [4:50] So many stories, books, movies, just brush off that most equalizing moment of all humanity using the bathroom. Rewrite Time! [6:36] We cut to Archer walking up and down the walkway. He’s smiling at the crew as he walks by a crewman, pulls him aside, and asked for help on a crossword puzzle. [7:41] What’s important here is that Archer doesn’t insert himself in a disruptive way in the workplace. Managers tend to stop people from doing work all the time. The approach Archer is taking here respects their time where he takes a moment to connect with them but then moves along to get back to the important stuff. [9:43] Choosing to go out and share a space with the crew was a masterful move by Archer that will go a long way in earning the trust and the respect of his crew. [11:31] Archer chooses to trust them, and they begin planning a response. In the meantime, the militia is starting up the reactor. Now, this starts a timer. It’s going to heat the catwalk up to over 300 degrees that’ll kill the entire crew trip guesses that they’ve got 20 minutes tops again. [12:54] Mayweather executes his part of the plan steering the ship for a plasma Eddie that will rip the ship apart. Archers in the galley and ends up in a firefight with the militia soldiers. Tensions continue to build. The reactor shutdown is taking longer than expected, and archers pin down. [14:03] The episode ends with Archer making some jokes about Vulcans along with the personal bonds they formed. Connecting with your Teams and the People you work with [17:27] There’s some issue going on between staff. The staff person said something about the GM being out of touch and not even knowing the staff. The GM responds, “I don’t have to know the staff.” That moment steered so much of how Jeff lead in that company. He made it a priority to develop a professional relationship with each member of his team. Jeff was able to leverage those relationships several times to everyone’s benefit. [20:04] This is not an easy skill to master. But it is so powerful once you do. The first thing to keep in mind about these relationships is that they are professional. That doesn’t mean personal stuff is off-limits. But it does mean that you need to have some boundaries, like you don’t hang out all the time and share a bunch of family pics with each other on Facebook. You need to connect on a meaningful level, but that connection should be rooted in trust and integrity. [22:32] Using appropriate social skills and humor – topics and voices relevant to the situation – at the right time is vital. Just being comfortable interacting with the person. Strong social skills are the skeleton that all the other emotional intelligence dimensions connect to when developing meaningful relationships. Follow the Academy 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 Find and follow Starfleet Leadership Academy on all your favorite podcast streaming platforms! Got friends who are fans of Star Trek or interested in topics on leadership? Don't forget to share the podcast! Support the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast on: https://www.patreon.com/sfla
Jun 15 2021
27 mins
DS9: Trials and Tribble-ations

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