What Professionals Can Learn From 'Star Wars'
The "Force" is certainly with the Star Wars film franchise: The movies have grossed more than $4 billion, while toy sales have nearly tripled that. But, beyond big profits, the series has generated an enviable karma with arguably the most devoted fans ever—and many of them are IT professionals. With the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens scheduled for late this year, buzz is building up once again. Directed by J. J. Abrams (of Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III fame), the upcoming installment will bring back Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) from the original trilogy. Details about the plot are being kept under wraps, but—as is the Star Wars tradition—it will focus on a galactic conflict pitting the forces of good against evil. Given the excitement, we've developed the following workplace lessons that can be learned from the previous films. They include insights about focus, talent development and team work. These guidelines were compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by 99U, a site devoted to inspiring creativity and innovation, and Lifehacker.com, a site that provides life and career advice.