Resident Game Of Thrones fan Deborah Tan reveals the important career lessons one can learn from the awe-inducing women of George R.R Martin’s epic story. Yep, even the crazed Cersei Lannister can teach us a thing about being great at our jobs!
The bloodletting, the lusting, the plotting, the scheming, and the thousand gruesome ways to kill a person … Game Of Thrones feeds our inner beast so well, Sunday nights without it will not be like Sunday nights at all. We are one episode away from the end of Season 4 and I’m already feeling the withdrawal symptoms.
While the men get plenty of air-time, Game Of Thrones rock my socks because its women are in a class of their own. They often appear helpless and deranged (yep, Cersei, you), but you won’t last long in the world of GoT if you pissed them off. On this Monday, take a leaf from their books (maybe more George R.R Martin’s) and put these career advice to practice now:
1. Draw The Lines
Don’t ever be afraid to lay down the boundary. Some people will always try to push their luck, give them an inch … Don’t even let them have a millimeter. You know what you can accept, you know how you want to play the game. So …
2. Build Relationships, Forge Alliances
Feel free to play the “family” card. It attracts loyalty, it fosters trust and it builds team spirit. Of course, if your definition of “family” is more Lannister than Stark, I recommend you leave that till after office hours.
3. Be Tough
When the going gets tough, the tough … sucks it up. There is a time to feel sorry for yourself and there is a time to put on your bravest front and show your enemies what you are truly capable of. If you really want to let rip and cry, save it for a time when it will really matter.
4. Don’t Settle For No.2
Aim to be at the top of your game. There’s really no point in just eking out an existence. When you step into the office, I want you to chant this to yourself 10 times:
5. Show Off Whenever You Have The Chance
If you have it, flaunt it. In the corporate world, you need to know how to toot your own horn, market yourself. Don’t count on anyone – your boss, the HR people … – to make that promotion happen. You need to go in there and tell them how wonderful you are and why you deserve to be [see Point 4]:
6. Don’t Mince Your Words
You know how when women work together, and they are not happy about something, they tend to beat about the bush and go all tongue-tied? Well, let’s Ygritte the Wildling show you what the meaning of being direct is:
7. Thicken Your Skin
Even if you’re offended, don’t show it. People at work going out of their way to irritate you? Show them you’re above it all by showing how little you think of their antics. If all else fails, hit back:
8. Stop Caring
When you realize you can do so much better elsewhere … just make sure you leave with your head held high and don’t allow any old loyalties and alliances to change your mind:
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She thinks all the men in Game Of Thrones are rather grubby-looking. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.