7 Management lessons from Games of Throne
Game of Thrones, a TV show on HBO based on based on the book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin has captured the imaginations of millions across the globe.
Here are few lessons in business management & strategy, I interpreted and tried to adopt in real corporate life, from some of the most memorable quotes by the characters in Game of Thrones.
1. “I try to know as many people as I can. You never know which one you’ll need.” ~ Tyrion Lannister
Identify your customer segments and leave no stone unturned to reach to your audience. No customer is large or small, everyone of them has their own merits and important feedback.
2. “You know nothing, John Snow.” ~ Ygritte
Listen to your customers with an open mind. Listen to understand and not to answer, and you will learn what your customer really feel about your product. They may have a totally different opinion/ use of your product from what you initially thought.
3. “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder to Success .” ~ Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish
Chaos is the real test of leaders and their vision. In the midst of chaos the true leader rises and shows the path of success for the team. They aren’t bogged down by challenges thrown at them, instead they take this an an opportunity to scale greater heights.
4. “A Bruise is lesson… and each lesson makes us better.” ~ Arya Stark
Failures are milestones in the road to success. The product may fail but there’s always a learning in the process. The mistake is not in failure but failure to learn from mistake is.
5. “Winter is Coming.” ~ Ned Stark
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised by the market elements. A business needs to constantly strive for excellence and the only way to achieve is constant improvement and innovation.
6. There’s so much good in all of us. The best we can do is to help each other bring it out. ” ~ High Sparrow
Success of any business or project depend on the right team and may not be the best team. A right team amplifies the productivity by complimenting each other and bringing out the best in everyone.
And Finally …
7. “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die, there is no middle path.” ~ Cersei Lannister
You have to be all in to achieve the success. Mediocrity has no place in today’s business environment, so either perform or perish.