Game of Thrones: 8 leadership lessons every IT pro should heed

HBO's epic swords and sorcery series is less fictional than you might think. Here’s how to survive and thrive as an IT leader despite the political intrigue and power struggles that come with the job.

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Still, the Chicken Little act can get a little tiresome, admits Gallo.

"One of the reasons people like Ned get ignored is that they're saying the same thing over and over," she says. "When you do that, people stop listening."

If you're the messenger, you may need to consider other perspectives (maybe winter won't be as bad as you fear) or provide data to back up your claims, says Meikle.

And if you're his manager, you need to acknowledge the warning and move beyond it to a serious discussion.

"You need to say, 'I know Ned says this all the time, but what if he's right?'" Gallo says. "If winter's coming, what should we do differently? If winter's not coming, what should we do? Otherwise, people choose sides, and whoever has the most power wins that conversation."

Of course, in the end Ned lost his head, the Wall was breached, and, well, we don't know what happens next. You'll have to tune in to find out.

But trust us: Your own winter is probably coming. Ignore it at your peril.

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