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11 Lessons from Game of Thrones to Bring to the Workplace

Game of Thrones, Tywin Lannister, Jamie Lannister

Work hard, cut deep.

1. Network, network, and then network some more.

If there’s one thing we learn about love in Westeros, it’s that politics are more important. The strategic marriages of Margaery and Joffrey, Sansa and Tyrion, and Cersei and Loras serve as a reminder that it’s not just what you know, but who you know. Make as many connections as possible; you never know when you’ll need them for a career switch or a battle over kingship.

2. It’s important to do well, but don’t forget to do some good too.

We see that through her charitability in freeing the unsullied slaves, Daenerys Targaryen is able to stomp through the lands across the Narrow Sea. Her good-nature also leads to a powerful association with the Seven Sons in Yunkai. In your professional life, don’t forget to make time for giving back and thinking about others. It can be just as important to treat an intern or mail-boy well as it is the CEO.

3. Look for help in unexpected places.

Jamie’s unexpected alliance with Brienne shows us that you can’t write anyone off as a potential partner until you’ve tried them out. If you’re stuck on a problem, take a walk over to a team that you don’t usually interact with and see if they have any suggestions. Here at Better Weekdays, we like to run ideas by our fellow startups at 1871 to see what unique perspectives they might be able to contribute.

4. Don’t burn bridges.

In last week’s unforgettable prequel to the finale, there is a glimmer of hope for the Starks as Robb returns to the Crossing to rekindle his alliance with Walder Frey. But did anyone really think grouchy old Walder would forget that Robb had burned him so badly just a few episodes earlier? If you say you’re gonna marry someone’s daughter, don’t go marrying someone else right after. In the office, remember the importance of keeping your word and maintaining allies.




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