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Starfleet Leadership Academy

Author: Jeff Akin

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A Leadership Development Podcast Told Through the Lens of Star Trek
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In this episode, Jeff Akin breaks down the characters from Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (Star Trek: The Original Series), how Leonard McCoy sticks to the fundamentals when faced with an unfamiliar situation, Spock explaining the necessity of change, and James Kirk’s effective leadership because of his mission statement. As Jeff reviews the episode, focus on each character’s viewpoints throughout the episode’s duration in The Original Series. Listen to the episode and join Jeff as he talks about the examples McCoy, Spock, and Kirk embody to be good leaders, and more. Fundamentals, Change, and a Personal Mission Statement Jeff points out strong leadership characteristics for each character. First off, McCoy had to deal with a situation he was not familiar with at all: an entirely new being he has never seen. He says, “When in doubt, the book prevails,” referring to the fundamentals, identifying the variables. Jeff relates that by going back to the basics, you’ll most likely do it wrong the first time, and the rest will run smoothly, rather than doing it wrong every single time. Second, Spock’s take on the necessity of change represents adaptability. As Spock said, “Change is the essential process of all existence,” trying to persuade Bele that Lokai can change. The premise is that change cannot be stopped; the only thing that can be done is accept and adapt to it. In the workplace context, organizations must grasp the concept of change, so they tend to outperform those that do not and continue to compete and exist. Accepting change in the workplace is a powerful shift because you are compelled to do things differently and better. Lastly, Kirk maintained a culture that created the best example of the Federation because he aligned his mission statement to that of the Enterprise. Jeff’s take on this is that one is effective in leading by having an aligned mission statement. Having the same goal as the organization ensures a healthy workplace. Listen more to these characters’ traits that embody good leadership in the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast! Episode Transcript 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: [00:48] The beginning of Episode 15, “Let This Be Your Last Battlefield.” [04:08] When in doubt, go back to the fundamentals; identify the variables. [07:34] The representation of racism in the form of Lokai’s appearance. [08:56] Conflict arises in the Enterprise when Bele arrives to get Lokai, a political criminal convicted of treason, but Kirk demands that Lokai goes through due process. [12:00] Examining the episode in the context of the time of its airing. [13:27] Bele takes control of the Enterprise and changes course to Cheron. [16:24] The episode gives an accurate commentary on racism. [18:54] “Change is the essential process of all existence,” says Spock. [19:44] The discovery of the destruction at Cheron caused by the civil war; Lokai and Bele ran off to pursue each other. [21:06] Kirk and the rest of the crew leave behind Lokai and Bele on Cheron. [22:43] Jeff shares his thoughts about the episode in general. [24:42] The importance of having a personal mission that is aligned to your organization’s mission. [29:12] The importance of change in the micro and macro setting. Follow the fleet and connect through: Website: https://jeffakin.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast https://twitter.com/jefftakin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jefftakin/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jefftakin/ 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 and help improve the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast on: https://patreon.com/sfla
DS9: In the Cards

DS9: In the Cards

2021-04-2028:55

Join Jeff Akin as he talks about morale and how to improve it with a strength-based approach. Today, Jeff will be focusing on season 5, episode 25 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine titled “In the Cards.” This episode will showcase how you can keep you and your team motivated while maximizing your efficiency through incentive-based economics. There’s a lot to unpack, so stay tuned and enjoy the episode! The Value of a Support System Like the crew in this episode, it can be challenging to show up when things are falling apart. When you are the leader of a team, one of your duties is to motivate the team, or more accurately, to create an environment in which people can choose to be inspired. A few ways to do so include spending time with people, hearing their problems, and working with them towards solutions. At the beginning of Episode 25, Sisko keeps people in a positive space by connecting them with the mission and actively participating in conversations with his team. But where does he go when he needs that same encouragement? As a person, we need a support system, a safe space to just be, or another person to encourage us. Sisko’s son did it for him, so like Sisko, everyone needs someone to support them. Maximizing You and Your Team’s Efficiency As a manager, you want to maximize the efficiency of each team member. To do so, you need to ask the question, what do they want or what do they like? Most people feel rewarded when they know their work matters and is related to their interests and values. Hence, talk to your team and find out what they are, and then do them. The results will amaze you. Take the strength-based approach, for instance. With this approach, you learn the person's strengths and interests and then connect them to their work as much as possible, like incentive-based economics. Now, not every situation you find yourself in will fit this approach. But if you can learn what your team members value, you can find opportunities to connect them to the team’s overall mission. In this episode, Jake and Nog work to connect people to what was important to them. And on that journey, they improve the morale of everyone they helped. The goal was to help Sisko, but they allowed everyone to get there. If you follow that strength-based or incentive-based economic model, you might be able to do the same. About Jeff Akin: Jeff Akin is the host of the Starfleet Leadership Academy podcast. Star Trek is full of great examples of leadership. Hence, he breaks down each episode of Star Trek and points out examples of outstanding leadership, management, lean/six-sigma, communication, and more. Jeff is also the Vice President at Akin Collective and an Administrator with the State of Oregon Department of Human Services. He is a leader that believes people are essential investments. His mission is to improve the lives of those in his interactions by actively listening, giving authentic feedback, and helping to unleash their true potential. Jeff has also worked in media and entertainment, giving him the unique ability to lead and teach fun and engaging. He enjoys building meaningful connections both in-person and virtually, which has become increasingly important since early 2020. Support the ongoing production of this podcast by visiting its Patreon. Episode Transcript Outline of the Episode: ● [00:37] An introduction to the Dominion from the Gamma Quadrant. ● [01:37] The beginning of Episode 25 “In the Cards.” ● [03:22] “Who cheers up the cheerer upper?” A question based on Sisko’s situation. ● [04:10] How Sisko’s son Jake plans to cheer up his father. ● [07:11] Dr. Greiger, his quest for immortality, and a fetch quest for the trading card. ● [12:11] How to address an issue with a team member, based on Sisko and Jake’s confrontation scene. ● [16:30] Jake and Nog’s relationship being the centerpiece of the episode. ● [17:17] The concept of “There is more to a villain than just being evil.” in Deep Space Nine. ● [19:33] How to motivate your team, even when things get complicated. ● [22:00] The value of a support system for your team and yourself. ● [24:33] How to maximize the efficiency of a team member. Resources: Psychology Today Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201503/you-just-found-your-kid-s-drug-stash-now-what Connect with Jeff Akin! 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 Patreon: https://patreon.com/sfla
On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Discovery, The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry (Season 1, Episode 4). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Lorca and Commander Saru. Saru demonstrates how to support an idea that he doesn't agree with. Michael Burnham reinforces the lessons we learned in TOS: The Devil in the Dark. And Lorca is...well...he's terrible. Follow the Academy and connect through: Website: https://jeffakin.com/sfla 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 ongoing production of the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast on: https://patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Too Short a Season (Season 1, Episode 16). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard. We examine Personal Accountability and the need to trust your staff. We also answer the questions: what should you do when data changes? 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 ongoing production of the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast on: https://patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
VOY: Learning Curve

VOY: Learning Curve

2021-03-0929:44

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, Learning Curve (Season 1, Episode 16). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Janeway and Tuvok. We learn the value of ongoing coaching and how important it is to assume positive intent. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Original Series, The Devil in the Dark (Season 1, Episode 26). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Kirk. We talk about identifying unconscious bias and how to effectively communicate. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
DS9: For the Cause

DS9: For the Cause

2021-02-0947:15

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Deep Space 9, For the Cause (Season 4, Episode 22). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Sisko and Captain Yates. We talk about self-talk, both personal and organizational; utilizing support systems; and taking accountability. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
TNG: The Price

TNG: The Price

2021-01-2641:00

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, The Price (Season 3, Episode 8). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Commander Riker. We look at Ethics and how to apply Ethical Behavior. Jeff also issues a challenge to listeners! Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Unification Parts 1 and 2 (Season 5, Episodes 7 and 8). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard, Commander Riker, Ambassador Spock and more. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Original Series, The Alternative Factor (Season 1, Episode 20 - or 21 depending on how you count). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Kirk. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
VOY: Unforgettable

VOY: Unforgettable

2020-12-1529:23

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, Unforgettable (Season 4, Episode 22). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Janeway. Link to video referenced on toxic masculinity: https://youtu.be/koPmuEyP3a0 Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
ENT: Marauders

ENT: Marauders

2020-12-0128:23

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Enterprise, Marauders (Season 2, Episode 6). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Archer. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Discovery, Context Is For Kings (Season 1, Episode 3). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Lorca and Commander Saru. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
VOY: Homestead

VOY: Homestead

2020-11-0337:46

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Voyager, Homestead (Season 7, Ep. 23). He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Janeway, Tuvok, and - um, am I reading this correctly?? - Neelix. NOTE: Please listen after the closing music; there's a change in how we're selecting future episodes that will affect the next release. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
TNG: Family

TNG: Family

2020-10-2025:10

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Family. He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Commander Riker. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
TNG: Face of the Enemy

TNG: Face of the Enemy

2020-10-0630:23

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek The Next Generation, Face of the Enemy. He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Picard and Romulan Commander Toreth...yep, the Romulan Commander! Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
VOY: The Cloud

VOY: The Cloud

2020-09-2229:22

Episode Transcript In this episode, Jeff Akin breaks down the characters in The Cloud (Star Trek: Voyager) and their relationships, the difference between Jean-Luc Picard’s leadership to Kathryn Janeway, and most importantly, Janeway's take on leading and connecting with her team. As Jeff reviews this episode of Voyager, look closely at how Janeway reflects excellent examples of professionalism, trust, and balanced relationships as her team's captain. Find out answers to questions like, how can leaders develop meaningful solid relationships without crossing boundaries? How do you function and appear to get things done? And why is perception often reality? Listen to the episode and join Jeff as he talks about what leaders can learn from Captain Janeway and more. Strong Relationship and Professional Distance Like the possible effects that could arise from Janeway's relationship with her crew, many leaders also worry about how they can genuinely connect with their people while maintaining a professional understanding of boundaries. For this, the term professional distance was coined and discussed by Dr. Ana Corbo Crehan of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. She defines the whole concept as the set understanding of a leader's ability to fulfill a professional obligation and be seen to do so in an impartial and non-exploitive manner. For Jeff, failing to keep a professional distance can impact treatment, create impressions, and cause allegations –something he's proven and experienced himself. Being too close and casual to team members, while it has its advantages, may affect your decision-making as a leader to some far extent. If you get too close to someone, someone else may worry about favoritism. If you interact too coldly, this may create a disconnect within the workforce. Establishing a connection with your team is essential to nourish closeness. Doing so with propriety is what professional distance promotes. If you're human enough to the people you lead, you can be a friend to them without losing the awareness that you're still their leader with professional distance. Listen more about Janeway's leadership and professional distances 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: ● [00:38] Defining professional distance. ● [02:10] The risks of getting too close to your people. ● [07:04] Being a leader makes a difference, has weight. ● [11:08] How Janeway demonstrated trust in her crew. ● [15:31] The nebula isn't a nebula… ● [17:06] Neelix's character is the voice of the viewers. ● [19:06] Jane draws out a common point of reference to onboard Tom to the plan. ● [22:10] "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." – King Henry IV, by William Shakespeare. ● [24:08] Janeway could've followed Picard's Model, "be the captain, not their friend."; Be friendly, not the friend. ● [26:13] Humanizing yourself as a leader allows everyone else to be human. ● [27:11] Janeway's capacity to trust. Follow the fleet and connect through: Website: https://sfla.pinecast.co/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast https://twitter.com/jefftakin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jefftakin/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jefftakin/ 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 and help improve the Starfleet Leadership Academy Podcast on: https://patron.com/sfla Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla
TOS: The Omega Glory

TOS: The Omega Glory

2020-09-0829:06

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek, The Original Series, The Omega Glory. He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
DS9: Meridian

DS9: Meridian

2020-08-2529:23

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Meridian. He will examine the leadership approaches of Commander Sisko and Major Kira. In this episode, Sisko and the inhabitants of Meridian demonstrate the value of a welcoming and inclusive work environment. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
ENT: Strange New World

ENT: Strange New World

2020-08-1127:34

On this episode, Jeff Akin reviews Star Trek Enterprise, Strange New World. He will examine the leadership approaches of Captain Archer along with T'Pol and Commander Tucker. Follow the podcast here: https://twitter.com/SFLApodcast Follow Jeff here: https://twitter.com/jefftakin Like what you hear? Click here to support the show. https://www.patreon.com/sfla Episode Transcript
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