Apart from depicting one of the most corrupt, dark and eerily entertaining visions of American politics imaginable, Netflix’s hit original series “House of Cards” also shows the crucial importance of networking all the way to the literal top.
Professional social network LinkedIn is highlighting that truth in a new map detailing all of the fictional connections that lead character Frank Underwood (a.k.a Kevin Spacey) used to facilitate his two-season rise from House majority whip to the Oval Office.
“From college internships to becoming President of the United States, who you are connected to and how you leverage those connections matters,” the company wrote on its website. “The best way for us to illustrate the valuable connections of a character like Frank Underwood is to create a LinkedIn InMap infographic with Frank at the center.”
“Anyone familiar with House of Cards and the rise of Frank Underwood from majority whip of the United States House of Representatives to president understands that without strong relationships internally with people like Linda Vasquez, the chief of staff, or external relationships like Frank had with Zoe Barnes the journalist, he would never have made the leaps he ultimately accomplished,” LinkedIn sales strategists wrote.
Underwood summed up this truth on numerous quotable occasions throughout the show.
“Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.”
For season two’s Valentines Day release back in February the social network published “4 Sales Strategy Lessons from Frank Underwood,” which the show itself apparently appreciated:
@linkedinselling Oh really? How fascinating.
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 4, 2014
Valuable lessons, as long as one remembers to not make the mistake Underwood’s enemies have on the show:
“Proximity to power deludes some into thinking they wield it.”