Your workplace woes solved using 'Game of Thrones'
Office politics got you in a bind? Take a lesson or two from fan-favorite TV show.
The office isn’t all that different from an episode of “Game of Thrones.” Sure, there may be fewer dragons in the office, but there is no shortage of shrewd politics and power struggles. Those who have encountered the woes of entry-level life might be surprised at what this fantasy series can teach us about reality.
Here are some great lessons we can learn from our favorite (or least favorite) "GoT" characters to help us through our office woes.
Woe #1: Being underestimated
Your hero: Tyrion
All too often, the entry-level worker is underestimated, not given much stock or appreciation and assigned the most menial tasks. It’s easy to feel like you are just a running joke around the office, a small fish in a big tank. You are not alone in this feeling.
Tyrion Lannister, as a little man in a big world (literally), is the butt of nearly every joke in Westeros, yet he takes that underestimation and uses it to surprise people time and time again. What he lacks in size he makes up for intellect and diplomacy to get what he wants from those who don’t want to give it to him.
Solution: Don’t accept being underestimated. Use your skills and intellect to distinguish yourself so that even those who underestimate you will be pleasantly surprised.
Woe #2: Things coming back to bite you
Your anti-hero: Cersei
In the office, everything happens for a reason and every task exists for a reason. With the overwhelming volume of work, it can be easy to let things fall through the cracks or write things off as unimportant. Soon, they come back to bite you and you’ll wish you had been more careful and covered ALL of your bases.
A great example of this from Westeros is Cersei. She has perpetrated the most ruthless acts to get what she wants, only to have her loose ends come crashing down on her. That’s not uncommon in business, but those who succeed with that strategy tie up loose ends better than Cersei.
Solution: Regardless of how wicked or wonderful your ways are, take care of each and every detail; you never know what will come back to haunt you.
Woe #3: Being ill-informed
Your hero: Varys
In every industry, knowledge is power and ignorance is anything but bliss. It is paramount to know as much as you can about the business you are in, who the players are at various companies and how to apply this information. It can be all too easy to be caught with your pants down if a question is asked and you don’t know the answer.
Varys is known for having ALL the info. He forges alliances, publicly and secretly, to make sure he is never out of the loop. This allows him to work his own magic and he always comes out on top.
Solution: Strive to be informed like Varys and you will have the power to pull strings like Varys.
Monster Wants to Know: What are some of your favorite workplace politics lessons from "GoT?" Share with us in the comment section.