Win or Die: Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones

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Thomas Dunne Books
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6.0 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

BRUCE CRAVEN teaches his popular elective Leadership Through Fiction at Columbia Business School, where he also serves as the Director of Columbia's Advanced Management Program. He has taught workshops in resilience and flexible thinking for organizations in the United States and Europe. He studied politics and literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz and has a MFA in Writing from Columbia University. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Coachella Valley in California.


"Fans of the multi-book series or HBO's adaptation will enjoy Craven's analyses of characters' personal development and motivations in strategy...Would-be senior managers looking to hone their people skills might glean more as Craven breaks down step-by-step exercises in self-advocacy, social awareness, and relationship management." --Fortune

"In C-suite roles, organizational success depends on educating your teams. Knowledge transfer is how senior executives improve overall performance. Win or Die presents a method to understand and implement proven leadership capabilities. Read it and prepare to compete. Winter is coming!"
--Barry Salzberg, former CEO, Deloitte

"Neuroscience tells us that sometimes looking at challenges through unconventional lenses can prompt higher levels of creative thinking. In this entertaining and instructive work for fans familiar with the Game of Thrones, fans are sure to experience a few 'aha' moments to help shape their own journeys."
--Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor of Management, Columbia Business School, and author of Seeing Around Corners

"Bruce Craven has extracted applicable leadership lessons from Game of Thrones, creating a masterful guide to drive business success. Win or Die is insightful, compelling and impossible to stop reading. If you face leadership battles, if winter is heading your way, read this book, go forward and win!"
--Bob Kulhan, President, Business Improv, and author of Getting to Yes, And

"Win or Die is an impressive and creative piece of work that tackles the complex realities of leadership in the 21st century. Bruce provides examples from the series to illustrate coaching, risk, politics, planning and implementation, and he dovetails characters and plot lines to help the modern leader confront day-to-day strategic and operational challenges."
--Dil Sidhu, Vice Dean of Executive Education, Columbia Business School

"Bruce brings the concepts of leadership to life. His teaching at Columbia Business School covers a wide range of styles, from the challenging to the supportive, highlighting the importance of purpose, flexibility and communication. His insights on leadership, storytelling and fiction help leaders to motivate their teams to achieve great things, building resilience, judgment and empathy."
--Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary at the Department of International Trade, United Kingdom