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Business Is a Poker Game Part II

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Mar 02, 2016


Part One said that poker is more similar to business than sports, chess, and most other games. Many business books use those games as teaching tools, but hardly any of them use poker. It’s a shame because readers could learn more from poker. For example, the most important poker decision is the same as the most important business decision: You must pick the right game. KISS=BS Many people love the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid or Keep It Short and Simple). The business literature is full of books selling simplistic nonsense. Since I’m no longer a business school professor or management consultant, I don’t know the current favorites. When I was teaching and consulting, two best-sellers were The One Minute Manager and Getting to Yes. The One Minute Manager concept is too silly to be taken seriously. You don’t have to study situations carefully or even work hard. If ...

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