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Power and business lessons from Game of Thrones + cool links

My wife and I are huge fans of Game of Thrones. We just finished watching the Mhysa episode (Season 3 finale)  – the episode that followed the dramatic “Red Wedding” episode.

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The “Red Wedding” is a hard act to follow – but we both loved the next Mhysa Episode

One of the things I really enjoyed was the  dialogue and especially different characters’ musings on the nature of power and authority.

Less bloody swords – more sharp words.

Of  course there are always lots of swords and lots of blood  in GOT – but you get the idea!

Tywin Lannister:  “Any man who must say, I am the king, is no true king.”

Power does not just lie with the wearer of the crown – but with those who control the force of the army.

It’s interesting to see when family authority interacts with title authority.

If you are interested in either Game of Thrones or  modern business (or both) –  here are some links to other pontifications this year (2013) about business lessons from Game of Thrones.

Here’s a taste – to quote from the Guide to Management article:

” ...the show is less swords and sorcery than corporate intrigue of the highest order. The battle for ownership of the Seven Kingdoms is, in other words, a fight for executive control of seven subsidiaries.”

and business advice related to the corporate world:

“Be wary of external hires -The best executives are promoted from within.”

http://www.inc.com/john-brandon/8-business-lessons-from-game-of-thrones.html

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-28/the-game-of-thrones-guide-to-management

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/03/29/game-of-thrones-a-business-leaders-guide/

Enjoy! Please add to the comments whether you think the articles hold any truth.

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