If you’ve ever played World of Warcraft (or any MMO for that matter), and found yourself commanding legions of gear hungry raiders as a guild master, you likely know that it’s a lot of freaking work. Some of you may have even considered adding the role to your resume once or twice, though ultimately deciding against it due to the shear nerd factor and stigma attached.
Well, you may want to reconsider that after reading this.
While telling the story of Stephen Gillett, the youngest ever appointed CIO of StarBucks (and former guild leader), at a technology conference, John Hagle III, Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation, spoke of the qualities he believed helped make Gillett the successful multimillionaire he is today, citing that guild masters require a “high degree of influence” to recruit, rebuild, and progress in a highly competitive arena. He added:
“You have to be able to influence and persuade people—not order them to do things … Ordering people in most of these guilds doesn’t get you far.”
As a former GM myself, I couldn’t agree more. Now where the hell did I put my resume…