112th: Bruce Craven on Win or Die: Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones
Just in time for the final season of HBO’s smash television series Game of Thrones, Bruce Craven provides a vital business guide to leading without losing your head. In WIN OR DIE: Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones (Thomas Dunne Books; March 19, 2019; $28.99 hardcover), Craven brilliantly analyzes the journeys of the best and worst leaders in Westeros, so that leaders can create their own narratives of success.
One of the great joys of Game of Thrones is strategizing what bold moves you'd make in this bloody, volatile world—from the comfort of your living room. And one of the great terrors of being a leader is knowing your real world can be just as brutal—and offices bring no comfort. Every day you're presented with opportunities and challenges, and must decide which roads to follow, which risks to confront, when to deny an opportunity and when to pursue the call to adventure. And you won't know whether you'll profit or fail while you're in the thick of it.
Based on Craven’s popular Columbia University MBA/EMBA elective “Leadership through Fiction,” WIN OR DIE uses his years of executive teaching and coaching expertise to analyze beloved characters such as Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister as they make terrible decisions and fatal mistakes. Craven also evaluates the ways these characters achieve incredible victories and surprising successes, learning and growing along their (often bloody) ways. Readers will learn how to face conflict and build resilience, cultivate contextual and emotional intelligence, develop their vision, and more.
This entertaining and accessible guide will show readers how to turn danger into opportunity, even when dragons threaten. As we prepare to say goodbye to the beloved HBO series Game of Thrones, Bruce Craven’s WIN OR DIE provides lessons that will last long after the series finale.
BRUCE CRAVEN, a member of the Columbia Business School Executive Education faculty, serves as program director of the Advanced Management Program and faculty director of several custom executive education programs. He also teaches his popular MBA/EMBA elective Leadership Through Fiction. He studied politics and literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz and has an MFA in writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Coachella Valley in California.