A Welcome Lesson to the Night’s Watch

My thoughts these days revolve around making people’s training content better. Naturally, my first thought was, “What would the training content look like for characters in Game of Thrones?” In this coming week, I’ll be introducing training use cases for various fictional companies and organizations. The list is as follows:

  • Onboarding for the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones
  • Sales Enablement for Jurassic World theme park employees
  • Competitive Analysis of Hooli, for sales people at Pied Piper

Each post will focus on the best practices for that particular fictional universe and will link to the Lessonly Lesson itself. Without further ado, let’s get started. Winter is coming.

Now your watch begins

Onboarding a new employee can be finicky. You want to cover all your bases, check all your boxes, but also encourage and excite the new employees about their new roles. At Lessonly, our onboarding is sent out a week before a new employee starts (it is optional, but most people are hungry to get started, so they devour it). It covers everything from what you need to know for the first day (WiFi password, where to park, what to bring, etc.), to our mission and vision and what we think the ideal team player looks like.

They even get a Meet The Team Course which includes a Lesson about each employee, written by that employee.

It’s equal parts informative and entertaining. But that can be a thin line to walk for many companies. You have to ensure your new employees are receiving everything they need to know, but that doesn’t mean your training has to be dark and full of terrors.
When someone new starts at Lessonly, I want them to love our company as much as I do. Our onboarding strives to do that. With your onboarding process, talk about what makes your company—and, more importantly, your people—so special. Work to inspire, not just inform.

With this Games of Thrones Lesson, I focused on onboarding a new member into the Night’s Watch. It covers some history, the roles and responsibilities of team members, includes a brief meet the team (I say brief because 700 or so member spotlights was pushing it), and a section of tips and tricks from fellow Night’s Watchmen.

I believe the key to good training is using your own people to create best practices. Because who am I to tell a Night’s Watchman how to do his job? Let’s be honest, I would be much better suited as a Maester. So here you have it, Now Your Watch Begins: Meet The Night’s Watch Team. I hope you walk away from this feeling prepared and inspired to pledge your life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all nights to come.

Valar Morghulis

P.S. The inspiration for this series came from my friend, Bailey Roberts, who works at an awesome company called Sigstr, that specializes in email marketing campaigns. Bailey wrote a blog about what email signatures would look like for various characters in Game of Thrones. A follow up blog by her coworker imaged what signatures for characters in Parks and Rec would look like. Both are hilarious and genius.

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