Do you play backgammon? After years of not playing, I pulled our board out of the closet recently. Since then, I’ve been thinking about the game, and even playing a little on my iPad. Like with so many other games, I like to think about the life lessons one can learn; maybe it’s because I’m a geek, or maybe it’s a justification for playing a game on my iPad.
Here are the leadership lessons I see in backgammon:
Think it through. For those of you who don’t know the game, I’ll give the simplest possible explanation: The point of the game is to roll two dice and move your pieces around the board. When you roll, of course you could just pick up any of your game pieces and move them to an open slot, without any consideration of what might happen next. However, backgammon, like leadership, is a game of strategy. Continue reading