5 Essential Leadership Lessons Learned from Game of Thrones


Hey there everyone,
I haven’t made posts for a while, so, here we go again:

What are the best leadership lessons to learn from Game of Thrones?
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Mira Zaslove answers:

1.  “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. – Eddard Stark.
Don’t shy away from making tough calls. And just as importantly, do the unpleasant work to follow through. As Ned reminds us, “He who hides behind executioners soon forgets what death is.” Leaders who spend time in the trenches, doing the tough work, will take making tough decisions more seriously.

2.  “A Lannister always pays his debts.” – Tyrion Lannister
In the workplace, the quickest way to lose respect, and power, is to promise things you can’t deliver. The surest way to get people to do things for you today, is for them to trust, that you will do what you say you will, in the future. Leaders follow through on their word. When they say they are going to do something, they do it.

3.  “Any man who must say, I am the king, is no true king.” – Tywin Lannister
True power comes from where people believe it comes from. Not from where you say it comes from. The best leaders are followed based on the collective will, not because they say, “I am the boss.” Power and influence, often come from unexpected places.

4.  “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” – Littlefinger
Chaotic times reveal a leader’s strength. When times are good, it’s easy to be the leader. Only when chaos reigns, do many leaders rise. Effective leaders aren’t thwarted by challenges. They use challenges to foist them higher. As Littefinger, highlights: “Many who try to climb fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them.” Leaders are not broken. They continue to climb.

5.  “Winter is coming.” – House Stark
 Leaders remain vigilant. The world is uncertain. The best leaders always innovate, stay strong, and plan for the future. Being prepared for the unexpected is essential. Embrace winter, especially when everyone else is distracted and basking in the sun.

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See also: Leadership Lessons from GoT (SlideShare)
Marketing Lessons from Game of Thrones


Best regards and…House Stark rules, always,
Pedro Calado

For the cost of an iPhone, you can now buy a wind turbine that can power an entire house for lifetime

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It’s true, Avant Garde Innovations, the Indian startup founded by siblings Arun and Anoop George from Kerala, has come up with a low-cost wind turbine that can generate enough electricity to power an entire house for a lifetime. The size of a ceiling fan, this wind turbine can generate 5 kWh/kW per day — with just a one-time cost of US$750.

Their goal is to “eliminate energy poverty, reduce dependence on struggling state power grids and create energy self sufficiency for all the needy ones through distributed, localised and affordable renewable energy.
In doing so, we believe we can collectively usher in our world a cleaner environment, new economic prosperity and social change”, by “offering a highly affordable small wind turbine suitable for residential, commercial, agricultural, village electrification and other uses, which is aimed for a market launch during 2016.”

Avant Garde Innovations passionate aim is to “introduce innovative, affordable and sustainable solutions that take renewable energy self sufficiency and energy empowerment to the next level through a distributed and decentralised approach using pioneering strategies the world has not witnessed yet”.

This revolutionary product has also won them a spot in the Top 20 Cleantech Innovations in India, and the company has also made it to the list of 10 clean energy companies from India for the “UN Sustainable Energy For All” initiative under the one billion dollar clean energy investment opportunity directory.

 

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