“Let me give you some counsel, bastard,” Lannister said. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
“Remember this, boy: ‘All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.’ And with that he turned and sauntered back into the feast, whistling a tune. When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and for just a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king.”
**Spoiler alert to content below! If you haven’t seen the 5/8/16 episode of Game of Thrones, you may want to look away…
We’re talking about Game of Thrones and Coaching/Leadership styles on the next FOT webinar—click this link to register.
We’ll feature 5 or so GoT characters and mash them up across leadership and management theory—how they carry themselves, how they motivate others, etc. Should be fun. We’ve got a crowd already signed up that rivals a pack of wildings or the White Walkers who appeared at the water’s edge at the end of last season.
One of the featured Game of Thrones characters was always going to be Jon Snow. And a lot has changed about Jon Snow in the past week, hasn’t it?
Jon Snow is tired of everyone’s s**t. He’s found clarity of purpose and is now willing to do what’s necessary toward the greater good.
He used to try and reason with people as a leader, to rationalize the decisions he was making. He was cool if you didn’t agree with him, understanding that people can have different views and confident that the best ideas would rise to the top, which would provide late consensus.
Then that kid shanked him.
It took a 300-year-old witch to bring him back. Funny thing about being dead and seeing nothing during the day you spent below the fold of the living… it tends to be one of those moments that really crystalizes what you need to do as a leader.
As managers of people, we all have our styles. There aren’t a lot of big moments in our lives that change how we view the world—but they occasionally happen.
Many times, the big moments can lead to change in what’s important to us as leaders. We cut the BS around us and get to what’s real.
Jon Snow used to have a collaborative, principal-based leadership style that held patience as a hall mark.
Then he got shanked and rose from the dead. Let’s breakdown where he’s at with some of his leadership trademarks, shall we?
–He gave each of the conspirators a chance for some final thoughts. Then he ordered the executions, one by one. It appears that his patience has waned.
–After the hangings, Jon handed over his Lord Commander cloak and headed for the door. He’s out as the leader of the Night’s Watch. It appears that his definition of collaboration and principal-based leadership has changed.
What’s it mean for Jon Snow? We’ll talk about it on the webinar, but suffice to say, he’s had a major life event that has told him everything he thought was important is less critical than he thought. It doesn’t mean he won’t lead people, but his definition of leadership has clearly changed—or is about to be modified.
Jon Snow is tired of everyone’s s**t. How he leads from this point forward will change. Your managers of people could probably use some reinvention as well, right?
Join the FOT team (Kris Dunn and Dawn Burke) on May 19th at 2pm Eastern for “RAISING DRAGONS: What Game of Thrones Teaches Us About Performance Coaching and Building Teams,” where we’ll use Castle Black and King’s Landing to explore best practices in performance coaching. We’re going to feature at least 5 major GoT characters in our analysis, including Jon Snow, a short fellow, a mother of dragons, a mean mom and surprise character sure to stoke your intellect.
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.