Career lessons you can learn from Game of Thrones
With the launch of Game of Thrones Season 7 just around a bend, take a look at our top career tips you can learn from the hit series!
1. Establish a strong network
If you’re born in Westeros, you’re subject to danger. The key to staying alive is to make friends with the right people, because you never know when you’re going to need to ask someone for help. Whether that help involves smuggling you out of the country, or joining you on a mission to save humanity, or simply stopping you from drinking poisoned wine, it doesn’t matter. The same exact lesson applies to your professional network. Make smart and strategic choices as you reach out to people on LinkedIn, choose mentors, and set up coffee dates. Remember that an alliance works both ways, so don’t just ask yourself how someone can help your career, but also how you can help theirs.
2. Don't shy away from unlikely alliances
It’s also important to be comfortable with unlikely alliances. Although the partnership between Arya and the Hound didn’t have the best end result, they did manage to achieve a great deal by working together. In the workplace, one of the most valuable skills you can develop is an ability to work with people who possess different skills and come from diverse backgrounds. An engineer and a marketer might solve the same problem in entirely different ways. Learn to ask questions rather than push ideas, know your strengths and weaknesses and put in the time to help others achieve their goals so that they will help you achieve yours.
3. Play fair
One defining characteristic of the show is how everyone seems to be plotting against everyone else in an attempt to get to the top. Although that particular strategy provided short term solutions for key players such as Margaery Tyrell and Robb Stark, they ultimately met an unhappy fate in the end. Throughout your career, there will be moments when you’ll be able to take shortcuts, lie to get ahead and take credit for someone else’s work. Sure, in the short-term this could work out beautifully, and perhaps you’ll get a compliment from your manager or even a promotion. But, eventually, it will catch up with you. Although playing fair may not always be the fastest way to move up the career ladder, it’s the only way to get to the top and guarantee you’ll stay there.
4. Always have your elevator pitch ready
Tyrion Lannister should’ve been killed 10 times over by now. But, against all odds, he continues to get himself out of trouble by convincing his captors that he’s worth keeping alive. That’s because his elevator pitch is on point. Whether you’re currently searching for a job or not, you never know when opportunities are going to present themselves. A life-changing conversation can happen at any time. That’s why you should always be ready to tell someone who you are, what you do, and why you’re worth remembering, all in under 30 seconds.
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