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Corporate chess revisited

April 29, 2009

pawnTwo years ago I used chess as a metaphor  for some of the dynamics found in large groups of people, including corporations.   

One success factor is to understand the capabilities of the various pieces in your virtual set and apply them prudently.  

Personal skills and political motivations often define the way in which pieces  interact. 

Relative position favors outcome, but multiple lessor pieces may work in consort to advantage.  One should remember that more than one game may be underway at a time and players in one game may be mere pawns in another larger one. 

After two years of further observation, I think the metaphor bears out and I’m finding that sometimes directions develop organically as the resultant outcome of multiple smaller games played concurrently.    All the pieces exert their own individual influence which shape a final result often unknown and unimagined at the onset of the match.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2009 11:10 am

    You are a wise man Mr. Hopkins.

  2. June 13, 2009 12:07 am

    did u see these corporate chess game rules?

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