Management methods

Manage your business like a professional chess player

Chess is one of the most popular intellectual games in the world, if we look at it from a managerial point of view, it can teach us many important lessons.

Targeted movement
Just as in chess you make a strategic decision based on your own position, the position of the opponent’s chess pieces and the next possible moves, in business also you have got to take into account the internal conditions of the organization, the external environment, the position of competitors in the market, their future plans, organizational resources and proper timing, to make a purposeful decision.

Guide the chess pieces
In order to matte the opponent, you should just put all the pieces together in such a way that while supporting each other, the houses of the opponent’s king are blocked. Of course, if each of them is used in a corner of the chessboard without interacting with the other pieces, you will not win. In the organization also, if each unit operates only independently and does not interact with other departments, no progress will be made.

Protect valuable beads
Just like chess, in which you must protect valuable and key pieces, also in business you must not allow valuable and influential human resources to be separated from the organization. Although each human resource is valuable in relation to the activity he/her performs, the presence of some people have particular importance to the organization.

One of the most important chess lessons in management is to have a strategic plan according to resources and time and circumstances. In chess, if you are just responding to the opponent’s moves and you have no plan, you will lose the game!

If you do not change your plans due to the changes of the rival moves, the initial planning will not allow you to reach your final destination. In management science, also the programs set to achieve the goals must be controlled in logical courses and updated if necessary. Also, the factors of non-implementation of the program should be identified and eliminated by defining effective corrective measures.

Chess pieces Support
If the soldier’s piece reaches the end of the chessboard with your support and guidance, it will become a valuable piece like a minister. Also in an organization, if the human resources are properly developed through educational and motivational systems, they will certainly bring more benefits to the organization.

Avoiding extra movements
In chess, playing with a white piece is an advantage because it is a move ahead of the black piece and has the power to attack. This indicates the importance of each move. In a competitive environment, if managers make additional and incorrect moves, such as making the wrong decision, accepting the production of on demanded products, dismissing effective employees, etc., they will take steps to weaken the organization and may hand the market to competitors.

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