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Leadership lessons from fiction? What we can learn from Game of Thrones

Have you read George R.R. Martin’s series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire or do you know the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones?

Bruce Craven teaches Leadership through Fiction at the Columbia Business School in New York and he gives some advices:

If you must face a difficult challenge then accept that challenge and face it.

One central character says “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” But she is wrong. Of course there is a middle ground. “It is the realm of thoughtful decision making, with a full appreciation of other people’s values and beliefs. If you decide to play the game of business, learn to understand and leverage your abilities in this middle ground.”