Playing the Long Game
Later tonight, I'm headed to the neighborhood dads' poker game.
Each of these guys has a different playing style.
- Some are conservative betters; others are aggressive.
- Some play the intellectual game; others get overly emotional.
- Some get drunk; others capitalize on their competitors' drunkenness.
- Some play the short game; others play the long game.
While I fully acknowledge the limitations of comparing "closed-loop" games to "open-loop" life, there are still lessons to be learned.
I've previously written on learning by playing cards with my grandma and passing along similar to my own kids. Most of those posts focus on developing a strategy within the confines of the game's rules, holding multiple theories in your head, calculating rough odds, making predictions, and adjusting decisions based on feedback loops. (You know -- typical stuff that school never really teaches you.)
Lou Hayes, Jr. is a detective supervisor in a suburban Chicago police department. He's focused on multi-jurisdictional crime patterns & intelligence, through organic working groups compromised of investigators & analysts from a variety of agencies. With a passion for training, he studies human performance, decision-making, creativity, emotional intelligence, & adaptability. In 2021, he went back to college (remotely!), in hopes to finally finish his undergrad degree from the University of Illinois - Gies College of Business. Follow Lou on LinkedIn, & also the LinkedIn page for The Illinois Model. ***