A Sport of Thrones within the Boardroom

It’s mentioned in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy saga, A Tune of Ice and Hearth, that whenever you play the Sport of Thrones, you win or die—there isn’t any center floor. In actual life, mercifully, the stakes aren’t so brutally excessive.

But as Columbia Enterprise College professor Bruce Craven describes in Win or Die: Management Secrets and techniques From Sport of Thrones (Thomas Dunne Books), there are real-world classes to be gleaned from the political machinations of fictional Westeros. Followers of the multi-book collection or HBO’s adaptation will take pleasure in Craven’s analyses of characters’ private improvement and motivations in technique. Very like Martin’s therapy, Craven doesn’t put the heroes on pedestals—beginning with the blunt recommendation: “Dont be Ned Stark,” who positioned a lot weight on his personal values, believing them to be goal, that it price him his head. “Leaders have an obligation to know the challenges and alternatives introduced by [their] values, Craven writes.

Would-be senior managers seeking to hone their individuals expertise would possibly glean extra as Craven breaks down step-by-step workouts in self-advocacy, social consciousness, and relationship administration. And, regardless of what Cersei Lannister says, there’s nonetheless a center floor—no less than, in response to Craven, whenever you lead with adaptability and help colleagues with confidence.

This text initially appeared within the March 2019 challenge of Fortune.

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