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tumblr_static_spockYes, I admit it … I am a bit of a science fiction junkie.  I spent many hours soaking in the original Star Trek series growing up.  So to hear the news that Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy has passed on is cause for reflection.

So, in honor of Mr. Spock and how he has influenced my views on leadership, following are a few of my favorite quotes along with some thoughts:

  • “Change is the essential process of all existence.” — Star Trek: The Original Series [PH Thoughts] – I posted about this recently in Change, Fear and Moving On.  Bottom line is that over time things will change … Adapt or Die!
  • “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” — Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan [PH Thoughts] – another post titled Needs of the Many.  For me, this one speaks about focusing on the greater good of the organization/company rather than on individual agendas.
  • “Insufficient facts always invite danger.” — Star Trek: The Original Series [PH Thoughts] – as Product Management leaders, we are called upon to support our decisions with market data.  The importance of this was called out in another post No Great Strategy Was Born Without Careful Thought.
  • “Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” — Star Trek: The Original Series [PH Thoughts] – I recall looking at what seemed like an impossible situation many years ago, and found this quote by St. Francis of Assisi that helped … “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  The truth coming out of that for me was that there is plenty in our roles as Product Management leaders that could be considered difficult … but very little that is impossible.  But it will require balance & trade-offs in the inter-relationship between scope, time, and cost.

And in parting, I’ll throw in a completely random pop-culture trivia fact.   The hand gesture Mr. Spock used with his most famous quote “Live long and prosper” stemmed from Leonard Nimoy having grown up in a traditional Jewish home.  The single hand gesture used by Mr. Spock is a mimic of a two handed blessing performed by Jewish Rabbi’s called the Kohanim.