As a chess player I’ve spent years searching for the best move.
My dad taught me the basics.
Then as a motivated school boy in the 80’s I studied every chess book I could find.
A sporadic tournament career in my 20’s was sensibly checked by professional and family priorities.
Now I’m an active online player, often top board for Team Australia at chess.com.
Winning chess hinges on consistently playing strong moves.
But finding these moves is a complex calculus.
Located at the intersection between the games objective variables and my many subjective influences.
“Make the decision, Take the risk, Pay the price”
After minutes, hours or even days of thought, I make a move.
Yet as I play the move on the board, I know my assessment of ‘best’ really means ‘the best I could find’.
To be tested for Truth by my opponents response …
As time passes, I realise that my best chess moves are independent of any individual game or result.
One real reward comes from pursuing a passion over many years, through immersion, enjoyment and striving to learn and improve.
And now it’s about sharing my enthusiasm with another generation as a mentor and very tough opponent 🙂
Sydney Leadership Formation
The most recent cohort with well earned smiles.
In a reflective moment toward the end of the Retreat, I asked who it was that first nudged each to start into the work.
The answers were telling and representative: my manager; my CEO; my wife; my friend.
All past participants or closely allied, paying it forward.
A very fine move!