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看美剧学英语,不仅可以学到语言知识,更能学到一些道理,为我们生活和工作所用。看个美剧,我们就可以做到学习,生活,工作三不误~何乐而不为呢?这不,美国著名经济杂志《财富》(Fortune),就出了这样一个文章标题:'Game of Thrones': A business leader's guide

小编带你一起学习《权力的游戏》中的管理知识!看看剧中的敌我对手、权力掮客和阴谋家们,职业经理人能从这些奇幻的部族争斗中学到些什么?我们可以从他们身上学到下述5条领导经验:

1. Determine which promises you can't afford to break

1、确定哪些承诺必须恪守

In a chaotic world, promises matter. Just ask Jaime "Kingslayer" Lannister, the guy with the worst exit interview in Westeros. After swearing an oath to protect the last Targaryen king, Jaime stabbed his employer in the back. Literally. Granted, that particular CEO was a maniac who set people on fire. But once a reputation for honesty is tainted, there's no going back.

在一个混乱的世界里,承诺非常重要。这事只要问问“弑君者”詹姆·兰尼斯特。这家伙在“日落国度”维斯特洛(Westeros)的离职面谈最不堪。詹姆刚刚还信誓旦旦地要保护坦格利安最后一位国王,话音未落,他就从背后捅了自己的老板一刀。事实就是这样。当然,那位CEO是一个人人难以忍受的疯子。但一个人诚实的名声一旦受到玷污,便很难修复。

2. Protect your strongest assets

2、保护你最宝贵的资产

Every upstart needs capital. While exiled princess Daenarys Targaryen may ultimately emerge as a winner in the game of thrones, she spent season two as a cash-strapped entrepreneur. Given her dragons' long maturation time -- they're about the size of Easter hams -- they are a few seasons away from being the kind of force multipliers that will attract investment. As a result, the khaleesi awkwardly attempts to raise unsecured loans from the merchant kings of Qarth. The wily lot may be excused for not jumping at the Mother of Dragons' elevator pitch. A scraggly band of followers, a tenuous claim to a distant throne, and no business plan are not exactly music to a venture capitalist's ears.

每个新贵都需要资本。虽然流亡公主丹妮莉丝·坦格利安最终可能是权力游戏的赢家,但在第二季她就像是一个捉襟见肘的企业家。由于她的龙群需要很长的时间长大——现在的它们就像复活节火腿那么大——还需要有几季,它们才能成为生力军,引来投资。因此,这位公主艰难地试图从Qarth的商人之王那里筹集无担保贷款。这群狡猾的家伙没有欣然接受龙之母的电梯推销,或许情有可原。一群参差不齐的追随者,渺茫的复辟希望,语焉不详的商业计划,这些都难以让风险投资人感兴趣。

Yet in spite of Daenarys's weak bargaining position, she avoids bad terms. In Game of Thrones' dynastic world, marriage is merger. Aside from the dragons, being single is Daenarys's most valuable asset, one she's careful not to give away. This caution bears fruit. When it turns out that her disingenuous suitor's vaults are, in fact, empty, Daenarys learns the importance of scrutinizing a potential partner's balance sheet.

尽管丹妮莉丝在谈判中处于弱势,但她还是努力避免了陷于不利境地。《权力的游戏》描绘的王朝世界中,婚姻就是合并。除了龙群,单身是丹妮莉丝最宝贵的资产,就是不轻易许人。这种谨慎得到了回报。丹妮莉丝发现,这位虚伪的追求者金库里空空如也。这时,她懂得了严格审查一位潜在合伙人资产负债表的重要性。

3. Cultivate middle management

3、培养中层管理者

A CEO can't be everywhere. In a world without videoconferencing -- and where note-carrying ravens are a slow (though bizarrely reliable) precursor to email -- it's tough to keep an eye on your investments. The solution is in delegation.

CEO不可能无时不刻都在。在一个没有视频会议、依赖飞鸽传信(可靠性之高令人惊异)的世界中,很难时刻盯牢自己的投资。解决方案就是授权。

The best leaders in the Seven Kingdoms have an eye for talent. The most inspired act of executive recruitment? Tywin Lannister naming his son Tyrion as acting King's Hand.

七大王国中最好的领导者具有发掘人才的慧眼。最出色的高管招募是哪一位?泰温·兰尼斯特。他提名自己的儿子提利昂为代理御前首相。

Tyrion runs King's Landing like a turnaround expert. He is a master of radical adaptation, particularly in his creative deployment of wildfire. The result: a disruptive innovation that largely destroys his enemy's fleet.

提利昂管理起君临城(King's Landing)来就像是一位扭转乾坤的专家。他大刀阔斧地革故鼎新,特别是创造性地运用了希腊火。结果:一项颠覆性的创新基本上摧毁了敌方舰队。

4. Be wary of external hires

4、外部雇人要谨慎

The best executives are promoted from within. They understand their institution and its personalities. Robb Stark is exemplary. He tames recalcitrant board members through a mixture of personal appeal, strong-arming, and ego massage. Intimate knowledge of the Stark organization makes possible Robb's consultative style of leadership.

最好的管理者是从内部提拔上来的。他们了解所处的环境和人员。罗伯·斯塔克就是一个典型。他通过个人魅力、铁腕手段以及嘉许肯定,驯服了不听话的董事会成员。斯塔克对组织成员了如指掌,因此,他的洽商式领导才成为可能。

5. Being right is not enough

5、光是正确还不够

This is the Ned Stark Rule. Honor, mercy, and fairness will not protect you against your rivals. Though one of the most popular characters in season one, Ned was a colossal failure as King's Hand to Robert Baratheon. He was too focused on institutional legitimacy. He expected others to put aside their interests and respect precedent. As a result, he ended up dead, with his family endangered. As Stannis Baratheon learns, being "right" means nothing when you lack the resources to back it up.

这就是内德·斯塔克规则。荣誉、宽容和公平不会保护你免受对手伤害。虽然内德在第一季中是最受欢迎的人物之一,但他作为罗伯特·拜拉席恩的御前首相却是一个巨大的失败。他太专注于机构合法性。他期待其他人将自己的利益放在一边,遵照先例。结果,他死了,他的家人也几乎被赶尽杀绝。正如史坦尼斯·拜拉席恩认识到的那样,如果缺乏必要的资源提供支持,“正确”就什么也不是。

While a sword may be necessary to force some into line, a leader must be perceived as serving the interests of the majority. That's why Renly Baratheon appealed, and why a servant-leader, like Daenarys, may come out on top. When used in a conservative, thoughtful manner, power enhances legitimacy; when unconstrained, power undermines. Striking that balance is the real secret to winning the game of thrones, in Westeros and elsewhere.

宝剑锋芒固然能让一些人恭顺,但一位领导人必须建立为大多数人利益服务的形象。这就是为什么蓝礼·拜拉席恩会受到欢迎,为什么像丹妮莉丝这样的公仆领导最后能登上权力巅峰。如果权力的运用谨慎、有节制,权力能增强其合法性;如果权力不受约束,就会导致倾覆。如何平衡权力是赢得权力游戏的真正秘诀,不管是在维斯特洛,还是其他地方。

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