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Learn better business skills from fictional characters like Batman and Walter White

We're suddenly glad Daenerys Targaryen didn't occupy Wall Street.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 10, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:42 am CDT

Everyone knows that the most complex characters are flawed ones, like Tony Stark or Don Draper, but can these characters also teach us valuable lessons that will improve our business acumen?

Consulting company Cornerstone on Demand seems to think so. Last week on its blog it shared “business lessons from the fictional elite,” featuring wisdom from a parade of fandom favorites like BatmanMad Men‘s Peggy Olson, and Breaking Bad‘s Walter White.

You probably knew that Game of Thrones‘ Khaleesi earned respect through adaptability, kindness, and inflexibility, but you might not have considered that Ugly Betty’s strength as a business leader lies in her commitment to quirkiness. Did you know that Peggy’s strength comes from being indispensable in any role she filled? Supernatural‘s Sam and Dean Winchester succeed by actively seeking out business opportunities. Bruce Wayne is, well, Bruce Wayne.

Here’s the full infographic. Avoid the Walter White philosophy of relying on your darkest passions and you might actually become a great leader.

Cornerstone on Demand

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2014, 8:55 am CST