Bran is King and Dany is dead! Wait, what??
That must have been your reaction when the final episode of HBO’s Game Of Thrones aired in may 2019. We shall ignore the fact that the disappointing finale was the show’s lowest rated episode and focus on what a business person could have learned from the series. Seems like George RR Martin had a thing or two to teach everyone, let’s get into it.
1. Believe in yourself, believe in your decisions.
When Viserys Targaryen was plotting to get the Dothraki army, he “sold” his sister Dany to the Khal. Daenerys learnt that being married to the Khal would make a her a Khaleesi, an opportunity she welcomed as a learning opportunity away from home. Upon being Khaleesi, she set forth to learn from the way slaves were treated. Her freeing slaves earned her the respect of her subjects because she opened herself to learn their ways and their struggles. Daenerys went ahead to explore the possibility of birthing the dragon eggs even when her closest adversaries doubted her.
Her strong belief in her strength earned her unwavering loyalty from the Dothraki who for the first time in their lives crossed the narrow sea. When you open yourself up to new experiences and to working with people of different backgrounds (like Khaleesi so d when she elected to work with Olenna Tyrell, the “Queen of Thorns”), you open yourself to more opportunities. The more opportunities you’re presented with the more chances you have to better yourself as a professional and as a person.
2. Always pay your debts.
A Lannister always pays his debts. This has to be one of the most powerful sayings from one of the richest houses of the Seven Kingdoms. Paying your debts in time ensures you sow credibility with your debtors who in turn have no problem lending you in the future when you need it. Always remember that dry spells come and if you have no one to put in a good word or stick out their neck for you, your basically dracarysed.
3. Never Underestimate your competition.
Arya was one woman on a mission. To tick off every name on her list, I like to think she did it with Needle. The reason Arya Stark was as successful as she was is because her would be victims underestimated her. A girl had to be no one so that no one could see her coming. Her strategy was on point and her victims saw her a harmless little girl, how wrong they were! Only your competition knows what they have up their sleeve and what motivates them, be on the lookout, never assume!
4. Know who to trust, don’t tell your business to everyone.
Had Eddard Stark not trusted little finger, I think he would have kept his head. Little Finger notoriously plotted to win the trust of most people who he ended up betraying, case and point, Sansa Stark. Even though Sansa was vulnerable when she chose to trust in Little Finger’s advice to marry Ramsay Bolton, she should have kept her guard up since all her troubles away from the Lannister-Baratheon house started with listening to Little Finger.
5. Reward Loyalty.
Missandei started off as an interpreter to the slave master but ended up bring Daenerys trusted advisor and handmaiden. Rewind. Remember that time Dany went to negotiate for the unsullied, Missandei showed her loyalty the slave masters and her respect for Dany by downplaying the profanities they uttered towards Dany. This show of loyalty impressed Dany and she rewarded her by bargaining for her to be part of the deal she made with them. In the same breath, reward your loyal employees, you never know how far they will go for you. This is where we say, the customer does not always come first. Your employees do. Take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers.