Game of Thrones on Business

Game of Thrones character Arya Stark

The Game of Thrones saga has spawned a monopoly game, pop-up restaurant and range of wines. Now it’s inspired a new business tome, promising “strategy, morality and leadership lessons from the world’s most talked-about TV show”.

Game of Thrones on business book jacket

Business journalist Tom Phillips and co-author Rebecca Clare claim that patriarch Tywin Lannister has a “mothering style of leadership” similar to Steve Jobs, mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen is expert in inspiring loyalty (free the slaves and they will deify you) while Lord Littlefinger specialises in scheming and networking.

The book, published on 13 April to coincide with the start of season five of the hit drama on Sky Atlantic, is unlikely to be read by any but staunch fans. But the authors might usefully analyse the GoT business itself, which despite a £40m-a-season budget, has nudged parent company HBO towards record profits and bolstered the Northern Ireland economy to the tune of £82m and 900 full-time jobs.

The new series of Game of Thrones continues Monday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

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Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Alongside his work for Director, Christian has written features for the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, The Independent, Q, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, ShortList and Glamour in an eclectic career which has seen him interview everybody from Mariah Carey to Michael Douglas through to Richard Branson with newspaper assignments including reporting on the Japanese tsunami and living with an Italian cult.

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