Incredible leadership lessons of 'House of Cards'

» Incredible leadership lessons of 'House of Cards'

House of Cards is a drama series, well produced by Netflix, starring by Kevin Spacey. Series success lies in how well designed main characters are, the one played by Spacey is the best of all.

All the fans of the series, including entrepreneurs, business owners and politicians have declared themselves fans of Francis Underwood (starring Spacey), US congressman seeking direction from the White House by any means.

Underwood makes use of Machiavellian strategies and, in many cases, unethical and immoral practices that have been taken as part of business success and leadership.

Alejandro Meza, specializing in strategic entrepreneurship coach, and Jean-Paul Chevalier, coach for high collaboration and leadership, analyze the maximum malevolent Underwood.

1. Competition is such a rare bird in these parts, I always appreciate it when I can see it.
Alejandro Meza (AM): To possess that perspective opens more doors than it closes. This sentence underscores the personal safety of who has great confidence in achieving their goals.
Jean-Paul Chevalier (JP): competition, whether external or internal, not lived in black and white. There is "I win, you lose”, has many more colors and, ultimately, the consciously leader see in the opportunity to "everyone wins".

2. It's always good to have someone owe you a favor.
AM: Generate support to others is always beneficial for everyone, although in the request is the result.
JP: when a favor is treated as a bargaining chip and associated with control power, it doesn't work for conscious leader.

3. Starting from scratch sounds like "means nothing", I like to start again.
JP: Starting from scratch automatically clears lessons of past experiences. People wishing to forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
AM: those who have not learned anything in the way start from scratch.

4. Success is a mixture of preparation and luck.
AM: The word preparation involves prefix pre (before), and that "before" not always.
Technique, discipline, organization, personal, social and even cunning skills relate more to success now than preparation, because of that more businesses employ people better prepared than them.
JP: Luck doesn't exist in free form for conscious leader. When you live in a waking state in which everything is "an opportunity", and adds constant preparation, simply you place in a position where you can see well.

5. For some people, pride is their strength and their weakness; if you can seem humble before them, they will do anything you ask.
JP: Almost no word has a negative connotation by itself. Everything changes with the intention, energy or feeling that houses the word.
The appointment transmits a Machiavellian stage. How much energy must be devoted to manipulate and cheat?
AM: humility is to recognize personal and others value, but in right measure, strengths and weaknesses equally. People with pride are those who overestimate their achievements and successes, without generating a balance with their mistakes and weaknesses, so you lose ground.

6. I respect many sacred things, the rules are not among them.
JP: rules are reference frames written for a particular time. However, conditions are constantly changing and conscious leader reviews the rules to avoid it becomes a burden.
AM: A leader creates its rules and knows guide them and recognizes that objectives can often hindered by imposed rules.

7. The power is as goods: mind the location, location, location... The closer you are to the source your property worth more.
JP: The ego's power has no place in head of a conscious leader. It's a game that he/she is not interested in playing.

8. Money can be a big mansion in Sarasota that begins to collapse in 10 years. Power is a solid stone construction that lasts forever.
AM: Problems not always are solved with money, and sometimes influence circle is important.
JP: Leaders who work with engine power, motivate through fear. And fear is not a sustainable energy source. There always comes a day when people get tired of feeling it.

9. If you want power and leadership, sometimes you have to act like a scoundrel.
AM: Some people have very clear their objectives that can become sharp in his dealings and how to do it, but they are far from being a "scoundrel".
JP: From conscious leader perspective, power and leadership don't fit in the same space.

10. This is how you eat a whale, bite by bite.
AM: People who get more work every day in "small goals". One bite at a time.
JP: Every bite make you weak and bleed. Don´t chew a bite bigger than your mouth.

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