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10 things I learned from Star Trek


    1. Never pay more an acquisition then you have

    If you desire peace, get it early, when the price is still low. It is better to hash out a deal early, otherwise, the cost of peace will rise tremendously in the future. The Russia-Ukraine conflict is an excellent example of this.

    Negotiation is a two-way street. Negotiating early in the process yields better results than waiting until the last minute.

    2. You can do everything right and still lose

    There is no guarantee of success, no matter how hard you try or how well you do. Sometimes, things just don't work out how you want them to.

    3. One variable can throw off a seemingly faultless prediction

    Intellectuals and experts think they have all of society's answers. They build ornate models based on historical trends and patterns. But one black swan event can throw off the most measured prediction of the future.

    4. A lie of omission is still a lie

    A lie of omission is still a lie because it is a deliberate attempt to mislead or withhold information. It is important, to be honest, and upfront with people, especially in situations where the truth could have serious consequences.

    5. Aggressive methods will create an adversarial situation

    If you approach someone looking for a fight, cause harm, humiliate, or employ extreme measures. You will turn your counterpart into an adversary.

    They will become even more entrenched in their position to save face. Negotiations can deteriorate if the other side feels they are being treated unfairly.

    6. Serve the captain but stand for the crew

    This is important because it shows respect for your superiors and solidarity with the rest of your team. It shows that you are willing to work together as a team and that you are eager to put the needs of the group above your own.

    7. Sometimes you got to smile even when you don't want to. Because they are your troops and you have to take care of them

    When I was a manager, I used to walk in the mornings, grumpy until I had a cappacino (not a morning person). I didn't notice how my mood affected my team members until much later. They assumed I was upset with them.

    I discovered that your team members, consciously or unconsciously, personalize your feelings by applying them to themselves. It also means that when things become tough, you may have to play the role of cheerleader and energize your team even if you don't feel like it.

    8. You have to toss out the old playbook during a uncommon crisis and create a new playbook

    When conventional thinking or the tried and true method doesn't work, you need to use your idea muscle to pursue possibilities that have never been considered before.

    9. No good deed ever goes on unpunished (sometimes)

    People tend to believe that good actions will be rewarded and bad ones punished. This is because we tend not only to see what happens as an appropriate consequence of our actions but also think of them in terms of moral balance or order restoring itself after every wrong-doer has had his/her due reward (or punishment).

    The just worlds hypothesis refers specifically to this idea where people attribute consequences back to some universal force which restores justice when things go awry. However, these thoughts can lead you to believe there's a cosmic poetic coincidence at work rather than understanding how life often goes on without any real purpose.

    10. It's easy to be a saint in paradise

    This is important because it is easy to be good when everything is going well, but it is much harder to be good when things are going bad.

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