Hello! First of all, I am not a Management Guru to be sharing management lessons with you but still I am.
Why? Because I am an MBA (to be)
In many BS television series, you can easily predict the outcome after watching it for a few minutes (At the end, the good ones always win and the bad ones? You know what happens to the bad ones). Well, not anymore! (Welcome to the world of Game of Thrones). The show is quite entertaining and thrilling, but there’s more to the show than just entertainment. However, there is one drawback if you have just started to watch Game of Thrones – you’ll be longing to watch the next episode, and another one, and another until no more episodes are left.
Who says you can only learn about politics and emotional manipulation from Game of Thrones? It also provides you with the leadership lessons and valuable insights into the business world. You may have already heard the quote, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die”. It’s similar to being a leader…..well, not the dying part…..but your business could fail and you may end up on the street.
So, here are five management lessons that you can learn from GAME OF THRONES
DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISE
A Lannister always pays his debts and so should you. Always pay your debt, be they financial or some other kind of debt. The quickest way to lose respect of others is to promise things you can’t deliver. So for the sake of god, keep your commitments and do the things you promised to do in the first place.
HOLD YOUR GROUNDS FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE
He makes his decisions based on what he thinks is the way to go and never allow others to alter his decisions. Always stand firm in your own convictions and never let other people to change your decisions. That is your story and you should always stick to it.
EMPOWER YOUR STAFF MEMBERS
Khaleesi’s leadership skills have helped her gain the trust and loyalty of her people. By giving the freedom to the Unsullied, she created the perfect army to fight for her cause.
In the business world, you should motivate your employees to get the most out of them. There is a saying, “If you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of your business.” Remember that healthy employees lead to a healthy company.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE, NOT BY AUTHORITY
Joffrey made a habit of interfering in the task of the entire council. He laid the foundation of WHAT NOT TO DO for all the leaders. In the business world, if you want to be taken seriously by your employees (and believe me, that’s what you would want to do), you have to set an example for them.
NETWORKING IS WE SHOULD STRIVE FOR
You can learn a thing or two from Lord Varys. He is a skilled manipulator and commands a network of informants. “Little Birds” are what Varys calls his network of spies all over the seven kingdoms.
He shows how important it is to understand your stakeholders and key players of your business. To become successful, you must build a strong networking with the fellow professionals.
Written by Kaushik