Startup Hacks in Game of Thrones

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let’s take a moment to learn a few business techniques from a powerful story.

Game of Thrones is a TV show set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and interweaves three major narrative plots. The first narrative arc follows a civil war among several noble houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the attempts to reclaim the throne by the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty; the third chronicles the rising threat of the impending winter and the legendary creatures and fierce peoples of the North.

Game of Thrones is like a business, everyone is fighting to be the king of the market share in their industry. The war to own the throne is brutal; you either live or die, win or lose, be the master or be the slave to the masters fighting. Life does not favour you, whether you are a good or bad person. That’s the world of business.

The key to winning is formed out of 4 major things:

  • Knowledge
  • Strategy
  • People
  • Promise

Knowledge: Knowledge is power. Characters who have survived so far in Game of Thrones have had information and reliable informants. Having information about the market that you are about to penetrate strengthens you. Appoint Google as your Minister of Whisperers and do your best to find people as reliable as Lord Varys, who have information and informants everywhere. With knowledge, you understand your market and the needs that are yet to be met. This understanding would help you strategize to position yourself to fulfil those needs. Fulfilling these needs would also put you at the top of your customer mind.

Strategy: Knowledge is nothing without implementation. Information strongly followed by action is where the true strength lies. Action in itself is not enough; calculated action (strategy) is what gives detailed insight into the goals and how to achieve it. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. When planning your strategy, be attentive to your environment and listen to people. Be open to feedback and effect changes when necessary. Without a strategy, your business may die before it has a chance to kick-off (like Theon Greyjoy). Know when to cut your losses, regroup and re-strategize.

People: Value people. Treat them with respect. Be confident but do not let it grow into an overgrown ego that steps on people toes without regard or reason (like Joffrey). People can be an asset for success or a catalyst for destruction. Be careful and treat them right to earn their loyalty.

Promises: When you make a promise, you indebt yourself. Just like the Lannisters, always pay your debts. Living up to your promise builds trust and makes way for you. Fulfil your promises to your employers, stakeholders and customers. A promise is a debt that can make or break you.

As a startup, these 4 things are instrumental and form the core of your survival in any industry.

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L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.


Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications