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The 'Game of Thrones' Guide to Management

Back for a third season, the HBO series is better than any business book at illuminating corporate power struggles
The 'Game of Thrones' Guide to Management
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Are you in a rut? Underappreciated by your peers? Is some immature kid wearing your crown? Whether your aim is to score a bonus, land that corner office, or lead a hostile takeover, there’s much to learn from Game of Thrones, HBO’s sprawling fantasy series, which returns for its third season on March 31.

Based on the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, the show is less swords and sorcery than corporate intrigue of the highest order. The battle for ownership of the Seven Kingdoms is, in other words, a fight for executive control of seven subsidiaries. And the crass, libidinous Tyrion Lannister, played by 4-foot-5 Emmy winner Peter Dinklage, delivers a master class in manipulating friends and influencing people while rising from marginalized party boy to the head of the castle’s army.