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Leadership Mistakes: MSP Business Lessons from Emperor Palpatine

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Leadership Mistakes: MSP Business Lessons from Emperor Palpatine

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

MSP BusinessIn managing your MSP business, you may already have committed your fair share of mistakes. You have learned from them and you move on with your business. Oscar Wilde, a famous writer said, “experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” It is no question that making mistakes is normal and is part of business life. However, they have consequences and a series of blunders could cause the fall of your company. And we do not want that, don’t we?

As much as possible, businesses aim to plan, decide, operate, and execute processes with precision and success. Senator Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, knew this too well. He carefully and patiently planned his rise to power and cleverly accomplished it under the Jedi Order’s nose. But after he reorganized the Republic into the first Galactic Empire and named himself Emperor, he made some leadership mistakes he did not even know about because of his ideology and arrogance.

Do you want to know what they are?

Mistake 1: Monopolizing power in the organization

Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were the only key people in their entire Galactic Empire. Palpatine followed the Sith’s philosophy of the Rule of Two where there can only be two Sith Lords at any given time. The master and apprentice controlled the power and had no succession plan. So, when the two were taken out, the whole government fell apart. It is the same with top-heavy companies. They have the tendency to fail once the key people are no longer around. Therefore, it is essential to plan for these situations and train the employees to be ready to assume roles for your MSP business to survive.

Mistake 2: Putting all the eggs in one basket

Palpatine had only one plan – to build the Death Star to exercise control over the galaxy, and that was pretty much it. He had no alternative plan and when the Death Star was destroyed, he just built another one which was of course also destroyed by the Rebel Alliance. This gives businesses the message to never concentrate all efforts and resources in one area as one could lose everything.

Mistake 3: Giving no chance of growth for employees

The culture in Palpatine’s empire was merely motivated by fear and there was no opportunity for the employees to have a voice in the organization. The workers were treated as dispensable objects. When you have the same atmosphere in your IT business, then employees to tend to have low morale and there would be high employee turnover.

Mistake 4: Ignoring previous mistakes

The biggest mistake is failing to learn from your previous mistakes. The emperor did not truly learn after the devastation of the first Death Star and just made another one. In a business, leaders must be humble enough to admit their mistakes and most of all to learn from them. Make an analysis of what went wrong and try different approaches and perspective so that you can carry out a better plan.

Mistake 5: Having limited to no advisers

The emperor had only Darth Vader to discuss his plans with and had no other Sith Lords to ask advice from. This made his plans vulnerable to mistakes as they were only seen from their perspectives. It is critical to have plenty of good advisers whether in taking over the galaxy or in managing a business. Advisers help in giving you wisdom through their experience or expertise and they can share a different viewpoint or mindset that could help make better decisions.

You do not need to commit mistakes first just, so you can learn from them. It is better for your MSP business to learn from other people and in this case, from Darth Sidious himself. You need to lead and manage your company with humility in order to create an environment where team members feel safe in contributing ideas, grow, and are motivated. Without humility, you will not learn from your mistakes or from others. It is time to give up ideologies that do not work and embrace a learner’s mindset.

Are their any MSP Business Lessons in Red Sparrow?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

MSP BusinessIn this film a Russian ballet dancer turns Russian spy! Jennifer Lawrence acts in this film of espionage and the workings of Russian secrecy. The principles of war in this movie are fine examples to learn from for any cutthroat businessman in a competitive market. But what can your MSP business learn from this daring tale of a spy? (more…)

Are there MSP Marketing Lesson in Searching for Bobby Fischer?

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

MSP MarketingThe battle of the century wages in this film classic over a simple board game. Well it may not be so simple to everyone, but many don’t have the patience to learn the valuable skills chess fosters that are shown by chess prodigy Bobby Fischer in his hot streak. The real question is, however, what can I learn from Searching for Bobby Fisher that applies to the MSP marketing world? (more…)

How Thinking Like Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas Can Help Your MSP Business

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

MSP BusinessIs your MSP business ready for growth?

Growing is part of life but when it comes to business, it can be optional. Business growth and sustaining it is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of following carefully made business growth plans. A member of the Jedi Council Master Sifo-Dyas would certainly agree with this statement. Although his character never made it to the big screen, he was mentioned in Attack of the Clones as the one responsible for the creation of the clone army. He strongly believed that the galaxy will soon be under war and proposed to have an army for the Republic’s defense. The Council rejected his ideas and so he secretly commissioned the Kaminoans to create a clone army. (more…)

MSP Marketing Lessons from Anakin Skywalker

Friday, March 30th, 2018

MSP Marketing“Fear is the path to the dark side.”

Anakin Skywalker could have become one of the most powerful Jedi ever if only he did not have a fearful heart of losing his loved ones. Many believed him to be the Chosen One who would bring balance to the Force. He had so much potential in him, but his worries and fears ultimately led him to become the greatly feared Darth Vader. But what does fear have to do anything about MSP marketing? Well, the path of your business success can be critically influenced by fear if you fail to overcome it.

Fear is a common emotion every human being feels no matter the age. However, it is in the way that we deal with it makes a total difference in the outcome of our lives and business. As a MSP company, you may be facing the fear of failure or the fear of losing what you have worked so hard for, but you must take courage and understand the effects of fear in your marketing strategies and the whole business operations. Here are some basic truths about fear that organizations and Anakin could learn from: (more…)

Cast Your Spell for 4 Outlandish MSP Marketing Fables

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

MSP MarketingIt’s not a good time to lock your windows and bolt your door when it comes to MSP marketing. Take advantage of four of the most reliable and proven techniques for generating qualifying leads, even though many people think they’re only myths. You don’t have to be a sorcerer to put together a magical potion that attracts your target audience, keeps them interested, and leads them through the buyer’s journey. (more…)

The IT Marketing Mistakes We Can Get from Supreme Leader Snoke

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

MSP MarketingThe villain Supreme Leader Snoke of the new Star Wars trilogy may have been powerful with the dark side of the Force but (spoiler alert!) Kylo Ren, his apprentice betrayed and killed him in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. He should have learned that arrogance is not a virtue and is a costly weapon to wield. Now, in the IT marketing facet of your business, you may feel secure and confident in the success of your marketing plans, but you could be blindly running off a cliff. Unfortunately, many MSP companies have fallen into these traps and have taken some serious body blows. So, to save your company from the troubles of wasted time, effort, and resources, here are some marketing mistakes you can catch from Snoke that you should avoid committing. (more…)

Common MSP Marketing Myths That Might be Holding You Back

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

MSP MarketingWhen it comes to MSP marketing, there are plenty of half-truths and a good number of bald-faced lies. Plenty of companies fall into the trap of believing in the legitimacy of mantras and strategies that are just falsehoods. One of the more popular misconceptions is that every business is a potential client. Considering each business as a legitimate prospect is a recipe for disaster. It does not make sense to invest time, money and effort trying to convert a considerable number of prospects when there only a handful solid leads. (more…)

Some MSPs Can’t See the Forest for the Trees with IT Lead Generation!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

IT lead generationWhen it comes to IT lead generation, one of the greatest redeeming features surfeiting modern marketing is data. Because the generation of IT leads commonly revolves around online marketing, a very exact picture of marketing impact can be established. Additionally, that which induced impact can be identified, examined and cumulatively applied. Sometimes that which induces a positive response among clients and prospective clients is that which would not be immediately intuitive based on a position of directed strategy. (more…)

What Can Finn of Star Wars Teach About IT Marketing

Monday, March 26th, 2018

IT MarketingYour IT marketing team faces a daily battle against competitors, but many overlooks that the marketing department also experiences conflicts from other areas inside your company? FN-2187, trained since birth as a stormtrooper of the First Order and eventually became a renegade soldier after developing a conscience; causing him to disobey the order to kill the villagers on the planet of Jakku. He found his way out, was given the name Finn, and joined the Resistance with the scavenger Rey. By having a non-violent approach, he realized that his enemy was not even his enemy at all. And much like the life of Finn, MSPs can get caught up in the external and internal struggles.

Most MSPs think that sales and marketing are the enemies of their company. They tend to have a combative attitude when engaging in meetings about market strategies. This division within the company is not healthy for the business and therefore needs to be addressed immediately. Here are ways to improve the teamwork between the marketing and other departments in your MSP company. (more…)


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