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Star Trek: Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next Generation Paperback – August 1, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
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!
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The leadership lessons that you learn from this book are real. I am a BDC manager and I would recommend this to all of my agents.Published 8 months ago by Anthony
Quite boring for those of us who know the Star Trek Universe. the particular episodes didn't tie very well to the lessons.Published 11 months ago by Niloo M Soleimani
Great for next generation Star Trek lovers, but those raised on the original series might not be so enamored.Published 12 months ago by G
This was an exceptional book on how to be an effective leader, couched in the ever-engrossing recountings of an excellent television program. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gary Elmore
Not what I expected at all. The book had little to nothing to do about actual leadership practices. I would not purchase it again.Published on October 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Using a much admired character from popular culture to teach leadership lessons is a great idea. But this is a very poor book. There is very little wisdom contained within. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Colin E Manning
This book was exactly what I was looking for.
It was easy to understand due to the 'case studies' you could apply to every day life. Read more