Game of Thrones ca­reers guide

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

GAME of Thrones is back. HBO’S most popular se­ries in the tele­vi­sion net­work’s his­tory will re­turn for its fifth sea­son, cast­ing us once again into a glo­ri­ous, vi­o­lent, lust-fu­elled Wes­teros, where ri­vals con­tinue their battle for the Iron Throne.

The Iron Throne is, of course, the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of power. Be­ing any­where near it is a danger­ous busi­ness. Over the past four sea­sons we have watched as one king was gored by a wild boar and his malev­o­lent suc­ces­sor was poi­soned at his wed­ding feast. All the while the body count has mounted. One head af­ter an­other has been hoisted on the pikes at King’s Land­ing while other vic­tims have been roasted by dragon fire, stabbed, shot with ar­rows, scorched with molten gold and speared in the stom­ach.

If all this treach­ery sounds familiar, it may be that you are fight­ing your own real world Game of Thrones in the work­place or ca­reer. If that’s true, what ca­reer lessons should we take away from the shift­ing for­tunes of the show’s key char­ac­ters?

1 It’s danger­ous to boast about fam­ily con­nec­tions in the work­place Dash­ing, valiant, sil­ver-tongued Jaime Lan­nis­ter had all to play for at the start of the se­ries. There were a few fac­tors that made him un­touch­able. His strength and skill on the bat­tle­field were one, but just as ef­fec­tive was his fam­ily purse. “A Lan­nis­ter al­ways pays his debts,” he re­minded. Life was not just a strug­gle, it was also a busi­ness trans­ac­tion.

Yet, it doesn’t al­ways pay to boast. Af­ter be­ing cap­tured by Locke – a lo­cal war­lord – Jaime at­tempts to barter his free­dom, cit­ing his fam­ily con­nec­tions. A fu­ri­ous, Locke wheels around and, with a carv­ing knife, chops off his right hand. It’s a scene that re­minds us that no one likes a brag­gart at work, es­pe­cially one who has forged their ca­reer paths through nepo­tism.

2 Make an ef­fort to learn the lan­guage of the peo­ple you’re deal­ing with While much of the ac­tion has been fixed on King’s Land­ing in the open­ing four sea­sons, over the nar­row sea Daen­erys Tar­garyen has been steadily build­ing her army. And in do­ing so the “khaleesi” has proved her­self an adept leader. She is a hu­man­i­tar­ian who aims to lib­er­ate rather than en­slave, and one of her tricks has been to learn the na­tive lan­guage of the peo­ple she en­coun­ters. It is a tac­tic that has served her well, first with the Dothraki horse-mounted war­riors, then later with the Un­sul­lied of Astapor. There, af­ter a long ne­go­ti­a­tion process, she sur­prises the ar­ro­gant slave mas­ter Kraznys mo Nak­loz, with a line of per­fect Va­lyr­ian. Mo­ments later he is bar­be­qued by her dragon.

In mono­lin­gual Bri­tain, Daen­erys Tar­garyen’s les­son is a good one. It is well ac­knowl­edged that learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage will help an em­ployee to stand out in the work­place. They might be called on at a vi- tal mo­ment to ne­go­ti­ate or en­ter­tain and you would be par­tic­u­larly de­sir­able if you spoke a mod­ern busi­ness lan­guage such as Chi­nese or Ja­panese. The Econ­o­mist has quan­ti­fied the op­por­tu­nity, cal­cu­lat­ing that speak­ing a sec­ond lan­guage can earn you around $70 000 (M761 000) ex­tra in sav­ing by re­tire­ment, while trans­la­tion it­self re­mains one of the fastest grow­ing pro­fes­sions with a pro­jected 46 per­cent in­crease by 2022.

5 Don’t for­get to ac­knowl­edge those who do good work for you If one of the key tenets of man­age­ment is know­ing when to praise your staff, then the dys­func­tional re­la­tion­ship be­tween Tyrion Lan­nis­ter and his fa­ther Ty­win Lan­nis­ter must be in­struc­tive for us all. The grand pa­tri­arch, the hand of the king, the holder of the fam­ily purse, for as long as Game of Thrones has been go­ing, Ty­win has been the pre-em­i­nent fig­ure of power, and to­wards his dwarf son he has al­ways been hos­tile.

His ad­mon­ish­ments had, by the end of sea­son four, be­come a fea­ture of ev­ery episode. “You are an ill-made, spite­ful lit­tle crea­ture, full of envy, lust and low cun­ning”, he would moan. Yet praise, now and then, goes a long way. It’s a thought that might well have flashed through Ty­win’s mind when his privy door swung open at the end of sea­son four. Ty­win’s fail­ure was his mis­judge­ment of the ques­tion, “When should recog­ni­tion and re­ward be linked?” — Guardian

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