Each Science Night Live event features an expert presenter to speak to our guests about a timely and engaging topic related to the sciences. At SNL on October 7, Rupert Meghnot will present “9 Leadership Characteristics from Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
For a graduate course in project management that he instructed, Meghnot used Make It So: Leadership Lessons from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” by Wess Roberts and Bill Ross as a supplementary textbook.
“I’m a Star Trek fan, and I’m always trying to look out for books and things that might be of interest,” Meghnot said. “In [Make It So], it lists a number of different characteristics that good leaders should have, and it uses examples from Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Meghnot selected nine of his favorite leadership characteristics from the book and will highlight them in his presentation.
One of the most appealing aspects of Star Trek to Meghnot is the hopeful themes that run throughout.
“To me, it exemplifies the best of mankind – all the things we dream of that humanity can be was made manifest in Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Meghnot said, referring to the leaders, organizations and interactions among characters in the franchise.
Guests of Science Night Live will have two opportunities to see Meghnot’s presentation, at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, October 7, in the Digital Adventure Theater. There is no extra cost for this experience, but space is limited, so arrive early at the theater to secure your seat.
Rupert Meghnot is an entrepreneur with expertise in simulation and gaming. His current enterprise, Burnout Games Ventures, helps game companies become more successful. He also serves on the Otronicon advisory board for Orlando Science Center.
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