RSS Games Help Develop the Power of Foresight

In the past, I’ve shared that I like to play board and card games as well as solve puzzles. For me, these activities offer a friendly – yet competitive – environment in which to ponder multiple possibilities. It’s pretty cut and dry when you play these types of games. There’s no celebrating when you win and no crying when you lose. It’s simply a game, and the fun should come from playing it, not from the result.

When I’m playing a game like chess, for example, I truly enjoy weighing the various possibilities of each move. Not just predicting what move my opponent will make, but also what move I might make in response. I’ll admit that trying to think several moves in advance is difficult, especially since I don’t play it very often. However, I bring up my penchant for playing games for a reason.

Weighing the various “moves” you can make during a game and pondering the consequences of each move is akin to the decisions we make at work. Our organizations expect us to be on the top of our “game” every minute of every day. We are expected to spend our time wisely (which I define as productive and profitable) and in a way that supports the organizational culture. In other words, we should be enhancing the spirit of teamwork and cooperation. This is no easy task for any of us.

I will occasionally take a “time-assessment” test during the day to determine whether the project or assignment I’m working on is the best use of my time. It’s interesting because I’ll often find I should set aside my assignment to check on a teammate or make an important phone call that I forgot to add to my to-do list. After reading this blog post, I might recommend that you take a moment to consider what would happen if you had spent some of your time yesterday in a different endeavor or activity. Perhaps you would have been more productive or professionally fulfilled if you’d taken on the tasks you typically put off until ‘later’.

It’s never a bad idea to consider what might happen if we were to spend our time differently. The move we are about to make is usually not the only option available to us. It’s frustrating at times to look back on the game you just played – or the day you just finished – and replay alternative moves in your mind.

The benefit of hindsight is invaluable. However, if you really want to take your game to the next level, learn the power of foresight. Just like in a game of chess, we should calculate our next move at the office and choose the best of all possible options. I wish I could profess that this was a strength of mine; it isn’t. I’m still working hard on developing it along with my chess game!

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