Geek Fun: Star Wars Management

Geek Fun, Random

Happy Friday! has provided some sage management advice via Start Wars.  Thomas Waligum wrote What Star Wars Teaches Us About Career Management, and it offers good advice along with a good chuckle.

With my focus on development and succession planning, this was my favorite:

“But beware of the Dark Side. Anger, fear, aggression—the Dark Side of the Force are they.” -Yoda
File Under: Training and Development; Networking
Star Wars Moment: Yoda sagely instructs Luke Skywalker during his training on Dagobah, with guidance such as: “Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say…. You must unlearn what you have learned.” Skywalker says that he’ll try. “No!” says Yoda. “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Real-World Lesson: There’s a wealth of value for you in listening to the wisdom of another, older employee’s experiences—especially if that colleague has been mentoring others for 800 years. (Yoda wisdom for future Madoffs: “If once you start down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny.”)

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