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: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”


Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications