Everything I know about business, I could have learnt from Star Trek!
There’s a show on TV – on primetime and in infinite re-runs – about a small team of co-workers that career around the universe in decidedly entrepreneurial fashion. Although they do report to a head office (It’s called “Earth”), they pretty much make their own decisions. And like most entrepreneurs, they have learnt that they generally maximize their own self-interest when they help others. Which may be why they call their starship “Enterprise”.
If you have never watched Star Trek, here are 10 deep-space business lessons that may save you shelling out $20,000 for an MBA:
- Always obey the Prime Directive – except of course when it gets in the way.
- Logic is never enough.
- Very few conflicts can be settled with a phaser.
- Anyone can do Warp14. But they can’t keep it up very long.
- No matter how advanced we think we are, there’s always someone who’s faster, stronger or smarter.
- The unidentified crewman always gets killed.
- Engineering can always get things done sooner than they say they can.
- Never judge anyone by their ears.
- “Boldly” is the only way to go.
- Being captain is the best job there is.
Live Long & Prosper!