Game of Thrones is a TV show watched and loved all over the world. Why wouldn’t you love it? It has everything to entertain you: fights, drama, sex, intrigues, and, of course, dragons! Bright characters and fascinating plot make it one of the best TV-shows in the world.
Among all those entertaining aspects, you can also find valuable career lessons for you. Ok, Tyrion Lannister or Sansa Stark probably won’t teach you any time-management tricks or office rules. However, the characters of this awesome story can offer you many practical career tips. Read on and see what your favorite characters can teach you. If you haven’t seen the series yet, be careful, there are some spoilers waiting for you in the post.
1. Never stop improving
This is the lesson from the good old Rob Baratheon, who showed us what degradation and regress look like. He was once a skilled warrior and clever commander. However, the moment he felt too safe and powerful, he saw no reason to develop his skills and grow. And we all know how it ended (for those of you who didn’t know - he died, sorry for the spoiler).
If you take any kind of management role, especially some executive position, don’t think that you may relax. You should always keep learning, improve yourself and progress. Only then you will keep your position and move forward.
2. Nothing good will come out of the desperate desire to revenge
The death of Prince Oberyn not only broke thousands of female fans’ hearts but also taught us a good lesson. Living with a deep desire for revenge can make you obsessive, angry and, in this case, dead. It is a negative feeling that no person should live with. It won’t be beneficial to you in any way and even if you do manage to take vengeance on your enemy, you will only sink to their level and be no better.
If someone at work did something terrible to you, you can get back at them by doing an excellent job, getting a promotion and rising much higher than them on the career ladder.
3. You cannot always be a good boss
This lesson can be learned from Daenerys Targaryen’s mistakes. Good intentions don’t always result in a good outcome. For instance, when she freed a whole bunch of slaves, what did they do? That’s right, they started to complain that at least they’d had some stability before. Did her good deeds pay off? It is hard to say.
So, whenever you do something nice as a boss, first think whether it is necessary and also whether anybody will appreciate it at the end of the day.
4. You cannot be a tyrant boss, as well
You’ve probably already guessed who taught us this lesson. That’s right, it is the despised Joffrey Baratheon. His method for ruling consisted mainly of tyranny, cruelty and irrational violence. He made everyone fear and despise him; he listened to no one’s advice and suggestions, and thus, made bad decisions. For some reason, he managed to survive for quite a long time, but eventually, he got poisoned and finally made many viewers all over the world happy.
In real life, there are also many arrogant bosses who will listen to no one’s advice and make everyone fear them. Imposing discipline in the office is one thing, but behaving like a dictator is totally different. Your employees will all hate you and run away the moment they get a better opportunity. So, if you are a manager or a boss, make sure you are nothing like Joffrey.
5. Be highly indispensible
"Be indispensable" is a tip taught by the great Petyr Baelish. Having no blood relations of note, he still managed to become the master of coin. Baelish manages to do all sorts of financial tricks and keep the Kingdom going. He is also nice to everyone and does his job like nobody else would be able to do.
That teaches us to be creative and hard-working. Even if Petyr’s intentions are not the purest and most positive ones in the world, he still can be a great example for us to follow.
6. Get yourself some good advisers
Daenerys Targaryen is here again to teach us yet another valuable career lesson. Remember when you first saw her: a scared little teenager sold to Khal Drogo by her own arrogant brother. And look at her now, managing a huge army of the best soldiers, seizing cities and freeing slaves.
How did she get here? Well, of course, her natural abilities and the fact that she is the mother of dragons have something to do with it. However, having two wise mentors, Jorah Mormont and Barristan Selmy also played a big role in her success. Their rich experience plus her natural aptitude for ruling brought them all to such great results.
This lesson can be very valuable for modern careerists. Smart leaders always have mentors and advisers that are even smarter than them. You should also surround yourself with wise advisers, but make sure they are loyal to you and don’t just want to take your place.
7. Quickly adapt to changes
This one comes from the poor Arya Stark, who had to go through so many hardships at such a young age. She had to see her father beheaded, leave her privileged life, change her looks and personality and become a homeless traveler. However, not once has she given up. She kept adapting to the new situations and managed to escape many troubles.
That teaches us to adapt to any work conditions we are given. Tolerating bad conditions is not always the best option, of course. But giving up every time something changes is bad, too. So, every time there are new rules at your company, remember the sweet face of Arya and suck it up.
8. Information can get you far
Varys holds a powerful position on the king’s small council despite the fact that he is a lowborn eunuch. How on earth did he manage to do it in a place where pedigree is valued above all things?
Well, life was very harsh on him and at the point where most people would have given up, he only became stronger. Stealing different things for a living at first, he then realized that information cost much more. He managed to create a massive network of spies that worked on two continents and provided him with valuable information round-the-clock. Knowing all the news and valuable information made him a very valuable asset for the king. That proves that having a powerful network can get you far, even if you start very small.
So, you can see now that watching Game of Thrones can be not only very entertaining but also quite useful for your career. All the wise characters can teach you what to do and how to behave at work to become successful, and all the lazy and aggressive characters can show you what not to do. So, the next time you watch the show, notice not only how cool it is but also how much it can teach you.
Are you a game of thrones fan? Do you think that it has useful career tips?