Game of Thrones returns to our screens next week and the hype around the show’s eighth and final season has probably taken over your social media feeds, whether you wanted it to or not. While most of the show’s viewers are familiar with the themes of power and betrayal in the show, the adaption of George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels does tell us a lot about Teamwork. If you haven’t seen the show, spoilers ahead!
‘Teamwork’ might not be the first word you think of when it comes to the HBO series. If you’re a Game of Thrones novice you’ll probably associate it more with violence and dragons. That’s definitely true, but the importance of teamwork has become one of the main themes of recent seasons.
The previous seasons have seen the various houses of Westeros at war with one another pretty much all the time. This time though, most of our major characters – Lannister, Stark and Targaryen alike – are uniting to face a common foe. Despite their many differences, they recognise that the threat of the White Walkers is something they all need to face together. Most of them, anyway. Cersei Lannister remains one of the biggest villains on television precisely because she hasn’t reached a compromise with her rivals. She’s Queen of the Seven Kingdoms for now, but her self-interest has cost her everything.
Our most compelling characters in the show are the ones who show loyalty and devotion. In Game of Thrones, as in life, the only successes are achieved when men and women band together against evil. Jon Snow brought wildlings and northerners together to defeat Ramsay Bolton. Danaerys brought together an army of followers from all over the world before she landed on Westeros.
These characters are our favourites because they do things for the good of as many people as possible, and they are out to defeat the people who only want the power and glory for themselves. The world of Game of Thrones is brutal, violent and often unfair, but nobody succeeds on their own. Even the best of us need someone to hold the door.
It’s easy in business to divide up responsibilities and assume things are being handled. Does your workplace have a ‘team’ mentality or is everyone in it for themselves? Are you supporting each other or letting your colleagues struggle? Game of Thrones teaches us that even in the face of adversity, it’s better to unite together than to fight only for your own self-interest. In the words of Sansa Stark: “The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”
Asking for help and helping others can be difficult, but it’s ultimately worth it in the long run. It’s all well and good being talented and determined but joining together behind a common purpose is what will ultimately lead to success – whether in the real world or in fantasy.
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