Here at MadeSimple we are quite simply Star Wars crazy, and along with millions around the world, we are counting down the days until the release of The Force Awakens on the 17th December. With this in mind we look at lessons that you can take into account from the Star Wars saga. This blog will include content from episodes 1-6 and will briefly cover the new film. So beware for spoilers !!!
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- Don’t follow the example of Han Solo, pay in good time – After failing to pay money owed to gangster Jabba the Hutt smuggler, Han Solo eventually finds that this comes back to bite him. In the Empire Strikes back Han is taken by the Empire and frozen in solid carbonite. Subsequently Han is taken to Jabba’s palace – as a result of his failure to pay him back. It then takes a giant rescue mission from Luke, Leia, Lando and Chewbacca to get Han out of his predicament. If Han had paid Jabba back then he would have avoided this scenario entirely. Small businesses are often finding late payment to be a big issue, and whilst I recommend following Han’s example, I would suggest not taking liberties and paying in good time. Equally if you’re chasing payment via an invoice ensure that it is chased up and paid after a certain period. Don’t let your business be at the mercy of late payment.
- Achieve the impossible, Like Yoda – When our budding hero Luke Skywalker is receiving training from Jedi master Yoda, it is clear he is finding it difficult to grasp the notion of the force. Luke is struggling to use the power of the force to move his ship and he is frustrated and stressed. Yoda is relaxed, and lets the force take the ship up with ease. Luke goes on to proclaim ‘ I don’t believe it ‘ which leads to Yoda responding with ‘ that is why you fail ‘. As an entrepreneur don’t set limits on your ambition. Believe that with the right tools and training you can go as far as possible. Don’t let self doubt stop you in your pursuit of creating a vibrant profitable business.
- Sometimes it’s good to hire a specialist like a Boba Fett – One of the recurring themes throughout the Star Wars saga is the appearance of the mysterious looking bounty hunter named Boba Fett. He is often being used for dangerous assignments by prominent villains like Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt. According to Star Wars Wikia he would become ‘Known as the galaxy’s best bounty hunter for the next several decades, often working for the empire’ . So whilst it is good to have people in your team with many talents it’s not a bad idea hiring a specialist for particular tasks. Don’t underestimate the power of having using someone who is excellent at their craft and proven in their field.
- Patience is a virtue – Throughout the prequel trilogy it is clear that there are things going on behind the scenes that are beyond anyone’s knowledge. None one seems to know who is pulling the strings for the various villains throughout the galaxy. It then becomes clear that the Supreme chancellor Palpatine is in fact an evil Sith Lord, who is steadily removing barriers to become the complete ruler of the galaxy. Palpatine is cunning, calculated, always in control and sticks to his plan. As a business owner circumstances will change, but it is important to have a strategy and stick to it. Don’t be reactive and change your entire business strategy, have patience and bide your time and stick to your guns. Eventually, this will pay off.
- Be aware of bright young talent – In Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, Jedi knights Qui-Gon Jin and Obi Wan Kenobi find themselves stranded on desolate wasteland planet Tatooine. The Jedi go to visit a repair shop to see if they can get parts to repair their ship. it is here where a young Anakin Skywalker is introduced, and it is clear that this boy is extremely gifted. Qui Gon senses the boy’s immense power in the force and that he should be trained to be a Jedi immediately. Eventually after much negotiation with the Jedi Council, Anakin eventually gets trained to become a Jedi by Obi Wan Kenobi. Businesses should always be out to recruit top young talent. It is important to find ways to incentivise young talent to join your company. If you want to make your business adaptable and fresh then hiring for the long term is probably the way to go.
- But don’t underestimate the power of experience – WARNING SPOILER ALERT !!!! The new film will see the introduction of a host of young characters such as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron – who will face up against the powerful First Order. However, there will also be comebacks from some of the old characters as well. Han solo, Chewbacca, Leia and Luke Skywalker will all be appearing in the the Force Awakens in some vein or form. So as well as having young talent don’t underestimate the significance of having experienced members of staff. It is more likely that older staff will have more experience of when things are not going so well. Having gone through tough times before, it is likely that older staff will be calmer in the face of adversity than younger employees. Embrace older staff, and use them as mentors to help those who are learning the ropes.
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