April 2015

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Why Your Team Should Have “Words” Just Like Great Houses of Westeros

“Winter is Coming.” Throughout seasons of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, the Starks use their house words to remind all of Westeros that darker days are on the horizon and that the foresight and preparation of the Northmen will serve them well as it has served Northmen for thousands of years. The words of House Greyjoy of the Iron Islands – “We Do Not Sow” – remind everyone that ironborn take what others have sowed, paying the iron price of battle against anyone who stands in their way. Similarly, Catelyn Stark’s ferocious desire to protect her children was no doubt a product of her upbringing in House Tully, where the words are “Family, Duty, Honor.” When key characters face tough moments, we sometimes see other members of their house asking them the rhetorical question, “What are our words?” Read more