The force is strong with this one
With the buzz around the new Star Wars films, it’s no surprise that it’s bringing out the Jedi in all of us. Rune Sovndahl, CEO and co-founder of Fantastic Services, recently spoke in Real Business magazine about the lessons that businesses can learn from Star Wars. In the article, he talks about how to become a Jedi company that embraces a Jedi culture.
As a child, Rune loved Star Wars. All he wanted to be when he grew up was a Jedi. Truly wonderful the mind of a child is! Even aged 8, he was ambitious and explains that he wanted to “Fight the good fight, protect the people, be a force for good and become a hero.” It was when he started his own business that a funny thing happened. He fulfilled his wish and became a Jedi Knight.
So, how did he become a Jedi at the head of a Jedi company? He attributes it to his success at assembling a team capable of greatness, whilst also adapting the technology that sets them apart as a service provider. He became selfless and built a company that was trustworthy, successful, ambitious and agile. Jedi companies always have a purpose – to serve the greater good.
They teach and train people how to be the best. They trust their instincts and always strive to do the right thing. Fantastic Services puts customer service at the core of everything that they do. Rune believes that “Striving to be the best is what keeps us driven, motivated and forward thinking; as we aim towards achieving the Jedi master status. Luke is cool but Yoda is king. There is always something to learn and a Jedi business will never rest on its former glories.”
Jedi’s also have the power of technology and this is something that’s key to any successful business operating today. You need to stay ahead of the technological curve and use technology to make people’s lives easier. Rune explains “We know if they can click a couple of buttons on an app from their phone to order their Christmas tree or book cleaning services, it will give them an easier and happier life.”
Finally, as a Jedi leader, it’s up to you to use “the Force” in the right way. A business is made up of lots of moving parts and all of these parts are interconnected. So to be a Jedi business, we are really talking about abiding by key philosophies with a relentless desire for excellence. Do. Or do not. There is no try!