Despite the politics, poisonings and the lack of modern comforts, Westeros seems like an interesting place to visit. While there are some amazing sights to see (the Wall!), the people are what make Westeros and the lands across the Narrow Sea fascinating.
Each character in the series and on the HBO show has various layers to his or her personality, making it fun to think about what it would be like to meet them in real life. Even better than that, what would it be like to work with them?
Key Skills and Attributes
Working in procurement requires a unique set of skills, not all of which can be taught in school. A recent LinkedIn discussion proved that there is no single profile that all procurement professionals have. Besides the necessary technical skills, good negotiation and interpersonal skills, an ability to adapt to changing situations, solid common sense, and a strategic mindset were a few of the personal characteristics mentioned.
While there are a number of characters from Game of Thrones have these characteristics and could maybe have a successful career in procurement, these three would be the best. They all have their shortcomings, but overall, they could make your procurement department a bit livelier. (And don’t worry; this article doesn’t contain any spoilers for those of you who haven’t read the books.)
1. Petyr Baelish – aka “Littlefinger”
Littlefinger is a shrewd businessman, even more so than rich man Tywin Lannister. Not quite enough of a nobleman to marry well, Littlefinger has had to make his own way in the world. As Master of Coin in King’s Landing, he was able to make sure King Robert didn’t spend the realm into debt. While his ability to provide the crown with funds may have led to some shady loans, he definitely kept his bosses happy. He’s most definitely discrete although he may not be the most loyal employee in the world. As the owner of several brothels, he’s also a procurer in the truest sense of the word, and he understands his market well.
2. Tyrion Lannister
Like Littlefinger, Tyrion also understands hard work. While he may not have had to work for his money, he’s worked hard for something even more valuable – respect. Since “Lannisters always pay their debts,” Tyrion would make sure suppliers are paid on time, so long as they provided what they promised. As the underdog, Tyrion has often had to think outside the box in order to obtain what he wants. He can’t count on the typical channels (i.e. his family) to support him, but his intelligence and fantastic interpersonal skills help him get what he wants. For example, he was able to convince Bron to fight for his life at his trial in the Vale. Furthermore, honesty is important to him, and his sense of humor could make him fun to work with.
3. Arya Stark
Arya’s even more of an underdog than Tyrion – all the members of her family are either on the run or dead, she has to hide her true identity, and she depends on the kindness of strangers. However, she’s proven to be extremely resourceful. She knows how to make due with what she has, and she’s also a good judge of character. (You don’t want to get on her bad side, though, since she’s one to hold a grudge.) Furthermore, her pragmatic character could make her an asset in tough negotiations. Plus, she wouldn’t be afraid to take on “the boys’ club” of a mostly-male workplace. On the downside, she’s only nine years old, so hiring her could be a challenge.
Which of these three would you be keen to hire? Is there someone we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments section, but no spoilers, please!