Unarguably, Game of Thrones is one of the most highly anticipated series. With its debatable narrative, intriguing cast and lavish production, it is truly entertaining.
In an effort to combine being helpful and killing my frustration while waiting for the next book, I saw the resemblance of some loved and hated characters in the series into our everyday lives. And, it is not our typical colleague, it is our bosses. Read on to see if your boss is somewhat similar to the characters and check out our advice on how to deal with them.
Tyrion Lannister: Everything is better with some wine in the belly
Unarguably one of the best characters in the series, highly acclaimed by critics and loved by fans. Tyrion Lannister is known for his wits, humor, intelligence and superb skills in business and political maneuvering.
How to handle: Rejoice! You are fortunate if you get a chance to work with a boss like Tyrion. Enjoy the conversation and ask questions for it is guaranteed that you will learn a lot from him.
Cersei Lannister: The gods have no mercy, that’s why they are gods
She looks like a queen in all angles, from the way she tilts her head up to the tip of her shoe. She is ambitious and proud, which are, in a way, are good qualities. However, she treats her subordinates like chess pieces which are moved and discarded according to her will. Oh, and her incompetence is sometimes noticeable but she is too stubborn to listen.
How to handle: Move with caution. The best way to deal with this type of boss is first, acknowledge that she is the one calling the shots. Present plans in a way she can see how it will be beneficial. Do not oppose anything too harshly, on the opposite, inform her gently and nicely when her idea is not good at all, and give solid facts, not opinions. Demand trial by combat if she started to do dirty tricks.
Daenerys Targaryen: The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands!
She glides with courage and confidence. She makes her enemies shake with fear and her friends well taken care of. She is strongly dedicated to reaching her goals but can be fickle-minded sometimes.
How to handle: Nobody expects that the goal to win the iron throne will be put to an abrupt halt and the supposed pit stop in Mereen can drag for ages. It might be similar to projects, a highly-anticipated one that can be put on hold. Do not despair. This type of boss listens well to reasoning, although can be stubborn at times as well. If all else fails, offer a plan b, for unlike in the series, there won’t be any dragon to save you when things started to go wrong.
Jon Snow: You know nothing
He is hailed to be a natural leader – thoughtful, considerate, selfless and knows duty and honor. Years of experience though still have to catch up on him, for his application strongly relies on experience (which is still raw) teachings and advice.
How to handle: Always show respect, again, you are fortunate if you work with this type of boss. Show him on how things usually work and the unwritten rules in the office. Offer your insights when he asks. He will be grateful for your assistance.
15 points for determination and courage. Less 30 points though for being obsessed with victory and failure. Stannis Baratheon is known to despise jokes and to have the most deadpan serious expression and attitude that Cersei Lannister mentioned that she has a better chance of seducing his horse than him. Although it is surprising for a man with a lethal dose of seriousness in his blood to believe on something unexplainable such as the words of the Red Priestess.
How to handle: Since he moves with military precision, the best thing is to be always punctual, in attendance and in deadlines. Always be on point when speaking or dealing with correspondence. Be eloquent with solid facts to support your ideas (example, say “a recent survey in Business magazine shows that 80% of customers are inclined in online marketing ” for it makes a solid argument rather than, “yes, I heard online marketing is good”). Also, it is better not to contradict his superstition beliefs unless it greatly affects work. Oh, and do not say “I think”, say “I know” instead.
The Mad King Aerys Targaryen: Burn them all!
A promising leader during his early years as a king. Sadly, because of a number of tragic events, the once prosperous king turned into a fickle-minded, paranoid, suspicious, sadistic and roaring with madness ruler.
How to handle: Keep in mind that this type of boss is very sensitive. Also, paranoid bosses have some serious trust issues. Of course, avoid things that can possibly spark it off. Always address their good traits or contribution to soothe their ego before you tackle any debatable subjects. Remind them gently if they forgot to do any grandiose plans that were scheduled before but got neglected, especially if the plan is already in motion. Unfortunately, the above-mentioned behavior would not change anytime soon so, if it is impossible for you to keep up with this type of person, might as well move on.
On a serious note, do not forget that our bosses have an expertise and excelled in their chosen fields, which is why they were able to reach their position. It is always better to observe and learn all the useful things that we can get from them. Who knows, maybe in a few years, it will be your turn!
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