The blog of a Sci-Fi Geek

Sat 9 February , 08

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Spaceship Captains

Filed under: Geek — SFG @ 15:47

This is an utterly excellent blog post that came my way via a thread on my forum.


If you want to learn good organization skills, look no further than some of the best leaders in the universe: the captains of spaceships. They may be fictional, but they have skills that translate into the real world. After all, you’d follow Admiral Adama into battle, and trust Malcolm Reynolds to have your back. Now you can learn the seven greatest leadership lessons we gleaned from watching shows like Futurama and Firefly.

I’m not going to reproduce the article in full, for that you’ll need to click the link at the start of this post, what I will do is tease you with the opening and closing comments from each example, just to whet your appitites.

1. The Prime Directive is just a suggestion.
Lesson learned? Rules are made to be broken.

2. Always shoot first.
Lesson learned? Show your crew that you’re willing to take a bullet for them, and they’ll do the same for you.

3. Don’t be afraid to hook up with a cute spaceman.
Lesson learned? A good leader has to get laid once in a while, and she shouldn’t be ashamed of it.

4. When you’re about to go genocidal, get a second opinion.
Lesson learned? True leaders do not ever make decisions alone.

5. Just because you have a crappy ship doesn’t mean you’re a loser.
Lesson learned? Every crappy PC is a lean, mean Linux box waiting to be born. Oh, and in case that didn’t make sense: It’s not the tools; it’s what you do with them.

6. Freedom fighters make good teammates.
Lesson learned? A little subversion goes a long way.

7. There is always somebody out there who can bend spacetime better than you can.
Lesson learned? No matter how in control you are, always be ready for something for which you’re completely unprepared.

Personally, I like the combination of Lessons learned from both 5 and 6 (for those people reading this that know anything about me, you’ll know what I mean, for those that don’t, you can always sign-up to my forum *smile*).

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