Win or Die: Lessons for Life from Game of Thrones


My husband isn’t really a book reader, however, as a manager in the retail sector, he does occasionally pick up a book about management skills and leadership.

He is also loves his TV and one of his favourite shows of all time is Game of Thrones, so when I was offered the book Win or Die: Lessons for Life from Game of Thrones, I knew he would love it!

The book is a guide to navigating your life without losing your head, inspired by the bestselling books and smash television series, Game of Thrones.

Why do people follow Jon Snow into battle? What makes Tyrion Lannister such an effective advisor? How has Daenerys Targaryen overcome so many challengers? And, in stressful real life situations, how can we each avoid losing our own head?

In this fascinating book, leading business expert Bruce Craven teaches business through fiction. Analysing the various players in the Game of Thrones world, he follows their moves as they learn how to face conflict, build resilience, develop contextual and emotional intelligence, improve their long-term vision and more.

Westeros is a harsh, volatile and bloody landscape, but so is the real world. Every day we’re presented with challenges; decisions on which roads to take, which risks to confront and whether to answer the call to adventure and go for the option that’s outside of our comfort zone. From the middle of the battleground, it can be difficult to see where the victory lies. An entertaining and accessible guide through our dangerous work, home and social lives, Win or Die shows that even when enemies are at the city gates and dragons circle above, it’s possible to turn threat into opportunity, win the mental battle and get to the top of our game.

Leadership is difficult, but leadership is necessary,” says Bruce. “The achievement of good things requires our willingness to confront challenges and guide ourselves and our colleagues to achieve our objectives. In recent years, I have been using the fictional stories from George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, in my MBA and Executive MBA elective Leadership Through Fiction at Columbia Business School. The leadership decisions by the characters in Game of Thrones are often terrible and result in negative consequences, but the characters that survive are able to continue on their leaders’ journeys because they learn how to improve their decisions and navigate the risks in front of them.”

Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary at the Department of International Trade, United Kingdom says “Bruce brings the concepts of leadership to life, through vivid storytelling and ideas. His leadership teaching at Columbia Business School covers a wide range of styles, from the challenging to the supportive, highlighting the importance of purpose, flexibility and communication. His insights on leading through stories and fiction help leaders to motivate their teams to achieve great things, and build resilience, judgment and empathy.

Win or Die: Lessons for Life from Game of Thrones is released on 4th April 2019, just in time for the series 8 of Game of Thrones which airs on NOW TV on 14th April 2019 and I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader.

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One thought on “Win or Die: Lessons for Life from Game of Thrones

  1. Nadia Josephine says:

    This would be wonderful!

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