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Icarus Factor

Definition

"The Icarus Factor" is the 14th episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 40th episode overall, first broadcast on April 24, 1989.

What is 'Icarus Factor'

The term Icarus factor describes a situation where managers or executives initiate an overly ambitious project which then fails. Fueled by excitement for the project, the executives are unable to reign in their misguided enthusiasm before it is too late to avoid the failure.

Explaining 'Icarus Factor'

In Greek mythology, Icarus and his father, Daedalus, were imprisoned in Crete by King Minos. Daedalus created two sets of wings made from wax and feathers. He and his son were to use them to escape by flying. Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun. Icarus was overcome with the excitement of flying and disregarded his father's warning. He flew higher and higher, approaching the sun. As the wax melted and the feathers fell, so too did Icarus fall to his death in what is now called the Icarian Sea, near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.


Further Reading


Onartuzumab in lung cancer: the fall of Icarus?
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Introduction: The Icarus paradox in Korean business and managementIntroduction: The Icarus paradox in Korean business and management
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Maybe we should, like Icarus, fly low to avoid falling down and try to reach our … involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with … resistance to molecular targeted drugs in lung cancer: roles of hepatocyte growth factor and epidermal …

Icarus revisited: tropical forests, REDD+ and ecosystem dynamicsIcarus revisited: tropical forests, REDD+ and ecosystem dynamics
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Maybe we should, like Icarus, fly low to avoid falling down and try to reach our … involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with … resistance to molecular targeted drugs in lung cancer: roles of hepatocyte growth factor and epidermal …

Risk factors for impulse control disorders and related behaviors in Parkinson's disease: secondary analyses of the ICARUS studyRisk factors for impulse control disorders and related behaviors in Parkinson's disease: secondary analyses of the ICARUS study
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Maybe we should, like Icarus, fly low to avoid falling down and try to reach our … involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with … resistance to molecular targeted drugs in lung cancer: roles of hepatocyte growth factor and epidermal …

Rescuing Icarus: the European Commission's approach to dealing with failing firms and sectors in distressRescuing Icarus: the European Commission's approach to dealing with failing firms and sectors in distress
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Maybe we should, like Icarus, fly low to avoid falling down and try to reach our … involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with … resistance to molecular targeted drugs in lung cancer: roles of hepatocyte growth factor and epidermal …

Icarus and American corporate regulationIcarus and American corporate regulation
heinonline.org [PDF]
… Maybe we should, like Icarus, fly low to avoid falling down and try to reach our … involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with … resistance to molecular targeted drugs in lung cancer: roles of hepatocyte growth factor and epidermal …

9 The flight of Icarus?9 The flight of Icarus?
books.google.com [PDF]
… Maybe we should, like Icarus, fly low to avoid falling down and try to reach our … involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with … resistance to molecular targeted drugs in lung cancer: roles of hepatocyte growth factor and epidermal …



Q&A About Icarus Factor


How did Daedalus create wings for him and his son to escape from Crete?

He created two sets of wings made from wax and feathers.

What is the Icarus factor?

The Icarus factor describes a situation where managers or executives initiate an overly ambitious project which then fails.

What is the name of the episode?

The Icarus Factor.

What happens when Wesley, La Forge and Data try to figure out why Worf seems more agitated than usual?

They discover that Worf is upset over not participating in a key Klingon ritual .

What does Riker get offered in this episode?

He gets offered a command of his own, the Aries.

Why does Picard advise Riker to take up a command with Starfleet?

Because he thinks that it's prestigious assignment and that he should take it up if he wants to advance his career.

Why did Icarus disregard this warning?

He was overcome with excitement of flying higher and higher approaching the sun.

Why does this term describe a situation where managers or executives initiate an overly ambitious project which then fails ?

Fueled by excitement for the project they are unable answer questions about it before it's too late .

What happened as a result of this action?

As the wax melted and feathers fell so too did Icarus fall to his death in what is now called Icarian Sea near Icaria an island southwest of Samos.

What did Daedalus warn his son not to do while flying on the wings he had created?

Do not fly too close to the sun.

Who was Icarus?

In Greek mythology, Icarus and his father, Daedalus, were imprisoned in Crete by King Minos.

Who is the captain of the Enterprise in this episode?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

What are they testing for ?

They're testing for elevated levels of adrenaline .

Why are they running these tests on Worf ?

To see if there's something wrong with him .

How do they discover what's bothering Worf ?

They run tests on him .

Where does Riker get offered a command?

He gets offered it by Starfleet.