Small Council, Big Contributors
If you’re at all like us, you’ve already got your calendar cleared for the next six Sunday nights, but even if you aren’t a fan of Game of Thrones, there’s one aspect of the show you should really consider embracing: The Small Council.
Of course, the ruler of the seven kingdoms can’t do it all on their own, they need support and fresh perspective to make sure all aspects of the kingdom flourish.
In the immortal words of Tywin Lannister, “A wise young king listens to his counselors and heeds their advice until he comes of age. And the wisest kings continue to listen to them long afterwards.” No matter who you are, it’s wise to know what you know and what you don’t, and wiser to know who can help in both circumstances. So, we’ve broken down the roles of The Small Council so you can build your own.
Hand of the King/Queen/Ruler: This is pretty straight forward, your Hand is going to be someone who knows you well and is willing to work with you on a consistent basis. They are a partner or collaborator with on your path to success as they are an advisor.
Master of Coin: These are your financial “advisors”. That person in your life who just knows how to grow and balance their personal and professional books. Even at our best there’s still more that can be done, and a second perspective is crucial. This could be an actual financial advisor or just a parent or friend that’s good with financial planning—but be careful, you don’t want to end up with a Littlefinger on your council!
Master of Whisperers: They know EVERYTHING about your given field. They are in the know and exactly whom you turn to when you’re struggling, and they provide insight on what you need to succeed. While we LOVE Varys on Game of Thrones, in real life we’d advise you choose someone that doesn’t have the nickname “the spider”—ideally a current or former boss or someone else higher up in your industry.
Master of Laws: Your strategist. They help you identify what you truly need to be successful, and help you create an action plan to get there. They create the “laws” you’ll live by as you grow yourself. This should be someone who is great at strategic planning but is willing to help hold you accountable.
Master of Ships: Your inventory manager… alright, basically they help you assess what you need then make sure you get it. They help you develop new skills and help direct you to additional resources when you’re taking on new projects. You can draw on a lot of people for this but could be an actual teacher, coach, mentor or go for a less formal apprenticeship.
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard: While most of us aren’t actually in need of someone to fight out battles for us. This is your self-care support system. They make sure you never lose sight of your full value, help keep you motivated, and help brush you off and get you back on the horse when you fall. This would likely be a best friend, a close co-worker, or a parent.
Grand Maester: Your mind and body coach. They help you create good health habits like going to the gym regularly or eating healthy. It can be a workout buddy, a fitness class instructor/trainer, or someone who’s also working towards the same healthy goals.
Take a look at the people already in your network and see who would be in your Small Council. If you don’t already have someone that could fill a particular role, don’t fear! Reach out to the Advisors you already have and see if they could make any introductions for you.
Did we get this right? How would you think about your Small Council? Leave a comment below.