Playing business-oriented card games (in this case Business Value Poker) has many benefits for organizations:
- It’s a great way to start a conversation that sometimes can be difficult, and
- to set a framework and create an equality between employee and leader.
Let’s dive into what the benefits of playing Business Value Poker are and when to play the game.
It encourages you to have conversations
Often, we think about bold leadership as risk taking, but another aspect to bold leadership is to ask difficult questions that lead to fruitful conversations. In general, using business-oriented card games in business settings are great conversation starters, and can lead to questions and statements, which wouldn’t be said otherwise. Leaders that dare to be different and bold, also dare to look each other in the eyes and talk about, who they are, what they want to do, and what they think.
Engaging in these kinds of conversations through card games is a lever for commitment. This obliges you as the leader to ask why your employee has chosen that specific card, and why they assign the activity that specific value. When both parties are open and candid with their dialogue, a mutual agreement and commitment is faster to obtain.
A shared language and framework arise
Playing Business Value Poker (or any kind of business-oriented card game) gives you a shared language: You only have those specific cards at hand to refer to, and a shared framework arises. The game provides a framework, as you have a finite selection of words or numbers to select from. This makes the conversation easier. When you play, a calibration of standpoints and approaches emerges, as you get a mutual understanding of importance and value creation.
And, after you’ve played the game, you have that shared language to refer to in business situations: next time you think something really can add value to the organization, you can refer to the cards and say “that is 1000 to me” – or similar.