What is Game of Business?
Game of Business is for leadership and team training.
Game of Business is the simplest tool for leadership training to reduce business risk by getting automatic feedback on your business strategies.
Game of business is faster than a tutor and more exciting than a game.
Game of Business is for beginner to advanced businesspeople, because it covers fundamental aspects of business strategy.
Game of Business derives its name from Sun Tzu Art of War.
Game of Business is a learning mechanism.
When was Game of Business originally created? 2018
Who originally created Game of Business? Game of Business, LLC
Subject of Game of Business
You will learn how to lead a company to success, by applying the transformed principles and strategies of Sun Tzu Art of War to business.
Limits of Game of Business
Sun Tzu Art of War derives conclusions by applying logical deduction to a combination of facts and assumptions:
- The principles that could not be logically deduced as fact are qualified by a set of assumptions;
- Conclusions are then derived, based on assumptions; and
- Decisions justified, based on conclusions.
Sun Tzu Art of War manages its assumptions by dynamically asserting and retracting them, as new information is learned. However, it does not specify the conditions nor situations that cause assumptions to be asserted and retracted. So, if two assumptions contradict each other, the contradiction cannot be resolved.
Consider Game of Business' principle 9-4, which states, "If you are careful of your people, and occupy stable positions, the company will be free from disorder of every kind; this will result in success."
Principle 9-4 can be divided and simplified into two conditional statements:
- If a company is careful and stable, it will be organized.
- If a company is organized, it will succeed.
Based on principle 9-4, if you assume that your company is organized, you can logically deduce the belief that your company will succeed. If it turns out that your company is careless and unstable, the organized assumption will be retracted, leading you to also retract the belief that your company will succeed.
Consider the following dilemma: If we say "companies succeed," then deductive logic would be able to infer the expected conclusion when it discovers a company; however, it would fall into an inconsistency if it encounters a company that fails. In contrast, if we say, "If a company is organized, it will succeed," deductive logic will not be able to reach the expected conclusion by discovering the company, as it would not know whether the company is organized or not.
When determining an ideal strategy, instead of using a method to resolve conflicting assumptions, Game of Business recommends assigning degrees of belief to relevant propositions. Degrees of belief are probabilities that can be revised up or down as new information is learned, to dynamically update the ideal strategy. In this way, degrees of belief alleviate the need for assumptions, or help decide which assumptions to make.
For example, if you assume that a company is organized unless observed otherwise, you will be led to the tenuous belief that the company will succeed. Instead of making this assumption, you can assign a degree of belief to the company’s organization, and then use this to derive a corresponding degree of belief in the company’s success. You may initially believe that a company is organized with 99% certainty, and later lower your certainty to 50% after observing that the company took a careless and unstable action.
Game of Business provides guidance to help you act as a strategist, rather than a gambler. However, to resolve instances of circular reasoning, you must assign degrees of belief to the propositions that would otherwise have been made into assumptions.
Scope of Game of Business
Viewing business as the logical way to exchange goods and services, Game of Business transforms the principles of Sun Tzu Art of War to business, to create mutually beneficial, team strategies for business.
After witnessing the devastating violence and starvation resulting from war, Art of War's author, Sun Tzu, appears to have been committed to achieving a mutually beneficial, thriving community. For example, principle 9-18 states, "If instructions are consistently followed, it indicates the instructions are mutually beneficial for leaders and associates."
When faced with a situation in which you must choose one of several alternatives, Game of Business recommends learning all the possible alternatives and consequences, and ranking the set of possible consequences, from most to least desired.
Consider if you have to decide whether to outmaneuver or ally with an opponent. What will happen if you ally with them? Maybe over time your main product will become obsolete, and your company will no longer be sustainable. Then again, maybe profit will continue to increase. What happens if you outmaneuver them, to reach your goal before them? It may lead to great success, or the maneuvers will fail, causing harmful expense. Both actions have uncertainty over the resulting outcomes, so the best action must be carefully considered.
Your company will either succeed or fail, depending on your decision. However, there is uncertainty about which outcome will prevail, and the uncertainty is tied to the choice you make. As indicated by principle 9-18, success is more likely if you choose to ally with the opponent, while less likely if you choose to outmaneuver them. However, if you know that the opponent is malicious and untrustworthy, your best response may be to outmaneuver them. Similarly, if a malicious action is taken against you, your best response may be to remove the malevolent source.
Game of Business' principles are meant to be tested and refined.
Apply Game of Business to your business strategy, because it has a generalizable, fixed reasoning system that focuses on simplifying concepts to make practical systems.
Use Game of Business for your company’s strategic decisions, because it will guide you to the dominant factors based on your conditions and situation.
Use Game of Business to strategize your way to success.
Game of Business is effective at focusing your energy on the main tasks to achieve your business goal. Its comprehensive reasoning sharpens business strategy by increasing business awareness; this simplifies the decision process, while improving decision quality.
Opportunity for Operation
When an opportunity arises to make a strategic business decision, find the relevant chapters in Game of Business: Planning, conducting business, progressing strategically, making tactical arrangements, allocating energy, using weaknesses and strengths, maneuvering, varying tactics, preparing your company, evaluating activities, evaluating situations, progressing fervently, and using information.
Game of Business has three (3) main aims:
- Make business a collaborative process that grows in accessibility, and improves your living standard.
- Make business success repeatable by deconstructing the process into repeatable steps.
- Provide constructive feedback, by highlighting your company’s weaknesses and strengths, and recommending solutions.
Game of Business is for experimenting with business strategy. Accordingly, it aims to help current and hopeful businesspeople improve understanding of business by applying the scientific method to decision problems and learning from the results.
Game of Business Connection to Art of War
Game of Business is derived from Sun Tzu Art of War, which was most likely created as a compilation of the teachings of Sun Tzu (AKA Sun Wu), a military advisor who lived ~450 years before the current era. Sun Tzu Art of War was then likely studied, tested, and edited by military theorists, like Sun Bin. Its principles remain respected, partly because they aim to achieve a mutually beneficial, thriving community.
Business will always have the risk of becoming malevolent, and military will always exist for defense, so the goal of Game of Business is to minimize belligerence in favor of mutually beneficial business negotiations. To mitigate the risk of business becoming combative, the system in which businesses operate should seek the optimal payoffs for all involved. So, companies should focus on customers and associates, instead of enemies or competitors.
Main Question Game of Business Explores
If your company is threatened by an opponent, what is your company's best response?
Questions About Game of Business for Sun Tzu Art of War Translators
As you are using Game of Business, what changes do you think should be made to its transformation of your translation of Sun Tzu Art of War, and how would you change its transformation of your translation?
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