Friday, March 10, 2017

How ‘Star Trek’ Has Helped Me Solve Workplace Dilemmas - WALL STREET JOURNAL

by Alexandra Samuel
Originally published: March 9, 2017
Publisher: wsj.com

Like a lot of people, I seek spiritual guidance when I’m facing a professional quandary. But I confess that I don’t find inspiration in prayer or meditation. My spiritual anchor, at least as far as workplace tech dilemmas are concerned, is “Star Trek.”

No, I am not a teenager, waiting to age into a more mature source of spiritual sustenance. I’m a middle-aged (ouch!) married mother of two. I wear dresses and bright red lipstick, not a Starfleet uniform and Spock ears.

But my long-distant youth, back in the 1980s and ’90s, took place in the true golden age of “Star Trek.” While the original series—with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy—ran in the late 1960s, it led to three terrific series in the 1980s and 1990s: “The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager.” (Another series, “Enterprise,” would follow in the 2000s.)