10 learnings from chess that can help managers manage teams
The first 25 moves are the most studied in all of chess. There are entire books written on each move.
1. OPENING THE GAME
In a tournament, play your best game. Then think about how you would have won if you were winning. If you can solve that problem, then you will win more often.
2. THINKING IN BOATS
Break it down into sub-problems and solve each one.
3. CHECK MATE! (how to solve a problem)
In any business situation, there is positional play (what is the long term strategy that will give me an advantage) and there's tactical play (short term moves that might seem meaningless but are actually important).
4. POSITIONAL PLAY AND TACTICAL PLAY
Attacking creates defense. Defending creates attack.
5. ATTACK AND DEFENSE ARE THE SAME THING.
Strategy without tactics is blind. Tactics without strategy is suicide.
6. STRATEGY AND TACTICS ARE THE SAME THING.
Sometimes it's important to hide your intentions even if it means sacrificing short term gains for long term ones. This requires self-discipline and focus so you don't get distracted by immediate gratification when you act on your intentions later on in the game/business situation.
7. DECEPTION IS IMPORTANT IN BOTH CHESS AND BUSINESS
There's always a reason why I lose a game or make a bad decision in business or life in general
8. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES BUT DON'T BE DEPRESSED BY THEM OR YOU WON'T LEARN ANYTHING FROM THEM
If I can figure out what that reason was then I can avoid it next time
It takes courage to look at my mistakes but it's the only way to improve
And this applies to teams as well as individuals within teams
A team has to be honest with each other about their mistakes and learn from them so they don't happen again
It takes courage for everyone involved but without this step there's no chance of success