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Using Capt. Picard as the role model for effective leading, this book uses Star Trek: The Next Generation as a springboard for advice on successful business management.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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T he fast-changing business world of today is far different from just a few years ago. Success in today's marketplace requires new leadership techniques, new thinking, and an eye on the future . . . .

In Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next Generation®, Wess Roberts and coauthor Bill Ross take their inspiration from today's most striking and most popular vision of the future -- Star Trek -- an unprecedented television, feature film and publishing phenomenon. From the top-rated television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Roberts and Ross find a new symbol for successful leadership: Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

As entertaining as it is useful, Make It So captures the mythos of Star Trek: The Next Generation as it delivers dramatically rich lessons on leadership, including the importance of the ability to focus on a single "mission," effective communication, teamwork, honor . . . and other important concepts. The examples are taken from the on-screen adventures of Captain Picard and the Starship EnterpriseTM, but the lessons and the benefits are real -- and can be applied to everyday situations where the goal is the kind of high-performance organization embodied by the crew of the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM 1701-D.

Sure to appeal to Star Trek enthusiasts and serious students of leadership alike, Make It So is the most exciting business book on the shelves -- the one book that shows the future of modern leadership while giving managers the tools they need for success today!

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671520989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671520984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Schrade on October 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was excited to see this book about one of the most skilled leaders (albeit fictional) I've ever observed. Each episode of Star Trek TNG it seems has extremely valuable lessons in leadership. Over the years, these lessons have added up to a huge knowledgebase of situational leadership. However, this book did not really capture the essence of Picard's leadership skills, nor even provide an entertaining read. It is written in the first person-- which is just plain odd to read -- as Picard makes entries in his personal log explaining why he is the leader he is. I think Picard explaining his leadership philosophy is what really kills this book. I suggest just watching the TV series in re-runs and drawing your own conclusions about the leadership lessons of Picard. This book is fun for the bookshelf, but it won't unlock any key insights into the art of leadership.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Walker VINE VOICE on May 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Maybe it's just me, but I found the "leadership lessons" in this book painfully obvious... one does not need to be a born leader to understand, for example, that "if one fails to listen to what another is saying, one will often fail to properly respond to what has been said".
Additionally, I found the Star Trek metaphor used rather clumsily, from the continual references to "the Starfleet" (which got on my Trek nerd nerves) to the ending of each entry with "Make it so". I would have preferred more insight into leadership and less attempts to sound like Picard.
While this book was pleasant to read, I simply do not find it that useful. One would be advised to look for leadership lessons in the past (perhaps from Confucius or Sun Tzu), rather than in a fictitious 24th century.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mireles Jr on February 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was an entertaining book, combining my love of ST:TNG and my professional career. As an IT project manager, I'm always seeking new ways to understand my job and my people. There are valid business lessons to be gleaned from the stories. It is an easy read, fun to see how the basic concept is wrapped around the context of a particular episode.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Brown on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based on how much I love Star Trek. Big mistake. It's not at all insightfull, or true to the spirit of Star Trek.
Each chapter is mostly a summary of a particular episode, written from the perspective of Captain Picard. Disapointingly, the account doesn't sound at all like Picard, and doesn't add anything that we didn't see in the episode.
At the end of each chapter 'Picard' gives a few dot points on leadership. But these sound like generic managerial 'rah rah'...
Really bad book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Das Büchernörgel on February 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
The idea to create a series of essays on the topic of leadership "written" by the fictional character of Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the USS Enterprise, in itself is quite original. Alas, the execution is awful. You get a series of episode summaries, some rather vague thoughts on what lessons can be learnt from these - and then, at the end of each chapter, a collection of pretty much "plain vanilla" leadership principles. I don't think the captain would have tolerated this kind of sloppy work on his bridge. Dismissed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. G Sinclair on November 7, 2006
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The great thing about this book is that it is written from the point of Captain Picard, as if he were writing a leadership textbook for new students at Starfleet Academy. In it, he recalls specific incidents (each from real episodes), and the leadership lessons learned from them.

This book is not really much of a real manual or textbook in any sort of way, but more like reading short fiction. For those who know what "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra", and "Temba, his arms wide" mean, this book is a fun romp through some favorite episodes. For those who are not trek heads, this book is just not worth reading, go read something really good like Spiritual Leadership by Sanders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By golfcart34 on February 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I actually found this book to be a great balance between two subjects I really love - Star Trek: The Next Generation and leadership. I've watched Star Trek since I was a kid and when I started writing leadership articles on my own I picked this book up as research material. Business doesn't always have to be dry and this book shows that you can inject some fun into an otherwise boring topic. If you're a Trekkie who is also a business major, this book may be right up your alley.
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Those working their way up thru middle manager positions who saw TNG episodes repeatedly growing up will get the most from this book. All the principles are sound and the presentation us unique. Only four stars as many of the leadership tips are self evident to anyone who's been working in a corporate environment for more than a few years.
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