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Lessons from Game of Thrones and how to apply them to your business

Hello and welcome to the first part of my new series on 

Lessons from Game of Thrones and how to apply them to your business.


I’m a big Game of Thrones fan, and have been lucky enough to have managed to read through all of the books so far (sadly only once). The gritty realism created by George R.R. Martin is not only entertaining to read and watch, but also creates some exciting situations that have a great deal of relevance and lessons to be learned whatever your business.

Even if you have not seen the show, read the book, got the T-shirt... read on. If you are a fan then you will enjoy these delicious insights and make you enjoy the show even more.

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.

The Red Wedding

Most people’s most memorable moment from Game of Thrones so far is probably the Red Wedding, where Robb Stark is viciously killed at his Uncle’s wedding by Walder Frey.

Where did Robb go wrong, as the man who had not lost a battle but lost the war? How can he possibly have done anything about one of the most cold-hearted dishonourable characters amongst the many?

Robb took his eye of the ball when he broke his wedding vow to one of Walder Frey’s daughters, and once a promise is broken it is often not forgotten.

Don’t put yourself in Robb Stark’s position
Don’t put yourself in Robb Stark’s position

Similarly, in business when you commit to doing something it is important that you always follow through with what you have promised. 

Often, there will be people relying on what you have said, and once you’ve let them down once they won’t be have any reservations about going to your competition. It doesn’t always have to be someone like Walder Frey to be sufficiently hurt by breaking promises. 

Often the client will see very little of the work you are doing, only the end product and the service is visible, so it is vitally important that the service you provide to your client is at least as good as your product, because it will have an indelible effect on the final quality perception.

 Robb also forgot the value of fostering relationships, but that is something we’ll go into more detail in the next part, when we look at how learning from Tywin Lannister can supercharge your business referrals. 

 Thanks for reading, I’m Thomas Szczepanski, Master Accountant! Check me out on Google+

 Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming talk in Wakefield:‘Growing Strong - How Game of Thrones can Transform your Business Thinking’


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