Game of Thrones and Organizational Charts

Admitting this will show I’m behind the times; however my wife, and I recently watched the first episode of Game of Thrones.  The episode was filled with different houses, family members and, what appeared to be, a level of incest.  At the end of the episode, both Jennifer and I were not sure if we completely understood who was related to who.  This lead me to find the following chart online. Jennifer and I were right about the family lineage, with the exception of a couple of questionable characters.

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The quick blast of several family members in four houses, brought to mind company corporate organizational charts.  I had recently updated my company’s organizational chart; so making the connection to Game of Thones wasn’t too much of a cognitive stretch.

Fortunately our staff is less than forty, which allows our organizational chart to be simple and easy to follow; unlike the following org chart from Walt Disney’s past:

Though the concept leads to a great vision, it is kinda hard to follow.  In order to get certain projects approved, it has to cross several sections of the organization.

Friends of mine who work for larger corporations have often asked what the importance of an organizational chart (aka org chart) is.  They don’t understand why one is created, and often question if it is only made to glorify the top people of the company.  Though I can understand where my friends are coming from, I disagree with their opinion.  Here are two ways an org chart can be implemented in a positive way within an organization.

  • New Hires: The org chart is an item that should be covered during a new hire orientation.  This not only shows a new hire a list of people in their department, but shows them how their job is an important factor in the company’s overall strategy.
  • Improving Communication: Exposing everyone in an company to the org chart allows people to understand how communication should flow.  For example, you see one of your co-workers do an exceptional job handling a customer complaint.  Your co-worker not only saves the account, but the customers purchases more of your company’s product/service.  You want to make sure your co-worker gets the credit the deserve and by knowing who they report to, you can let their supervisor know about the great experience.

The org chart may not be the most exciting part of a company, but if executed and communicated properly, it can certain help strengthen an organization’s backbone.  Now on to more episodes of Game of Thrones!

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About Jeremy M. Price
For twelve years, I had the pleasure of working in community banking. Starting in customer service, I worked my way up to a senior level marketing and human resources director. It was great leading teams that improved strategic initiatives including, but not limited to brand awareness, digital communication, employee development and product development. This experience has now led to an exciting role with CRS Data. As the Product Marketing Analyst, I am currently reviewing the company's banker suite product. This product is able to help community banks reach their fullest potential in real estate lending. I am extremely fortunate to share time with my son while enjoying life in East Tennessee. The two of us enjoy the views of the Smokey Mountains, eating good food and having fun. During my free time, I enjoy running races, traveling and listening to great live music.

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