Tag: zero-sum
Author: Esko Kilpi
Posted: December 21, 2011 2750 views _ Comments

In most games who wins and who loses is the whole point of playing. It would be hard to imagine a more unpopular outcome in a reality TV-series, than an announcement that all the players ended up as winners! It is, of course, beneficial that better-motivated and more enterprising players take the place of the lazy, the incompetent, and the unmotivated.

But zero-sum thinking and the winner-takes-all philosophy does not serve us any more. As there are more losers than winners in our games losers multiply as winning behaviours are replicated in the smaller winners’ circles and losing behaviours are replicated in the bigger losers’ circles.

The biggest problem is that as losers are excluded from the game, they are not allowed to learn. The divide between winners...  Read the article