The New York Times: What a Board Game Can Teach a C.E.O.

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The New York Times: What a Board Game Can Teach a C.E.O.
By MATTHEW CALKINS

In my free time, I enjoy playing and writing games. My board game Sekigahara has won three gaming awards. It’s a war game based on Japanese history.

….For me, gaming is a means to sharpen my mental life and to increase my abilities….

Playing games has helped me in running Appian. Games are exercises in appraising your position and making decisions. I’m interested in that strength-building behavior. Two hours after you make a decision in a game, it leads to victory or defeat. If you play enough games, you get a sixth sense for the quality of your position. You can see victory or a debacle before it occurs. You intuit how the various factors will accumulate, which helps in making strategic choices in business.

Calkins

Matthew Calkins is the chairman, president and C.E.O. of Appian, a software company in Reston, Va. – New York Times

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