Updated on May 26, 2019
Zero Sum Games
In a two person zero sum game, there is usually a winner and a loser.
In multiple person zero sum game, there is usually some winners and some losers.
Overtime and Tie-breakers
One or more overtime periods may be necessary to break the tie in a basketball or ice hockey game.
- In some competitions, there is a tie-breaker to ensure that there are no joint winners.
- If two persons in the class end up lifting equal weights, the lighter person wins.
- If two athletes clear the same height in High Jump or Pole Vault, the one with the lesser number of misses win.
- If two soccer teams are tied at the end of regulation and also at the end of overtime, penalty kicks are taken to decide the winner.
There are WIN-WIN strategies.
For example, by offering elite professional to work remotely, a company can built up a strong talent pool. The employees do not have to relocate from their preferred environment.
We may try out FOUR WINS strategy:
- Win for oneself
- Win for one’s family
- Win for one’s work and/or company
- Win for one’s community
For example, one might join Toastmasters to improve one’s communication and leadership skills. One learns about the importance of listening, effective evaluation, role taking, and time management. Some Toastmasters ask their spouse and children to join Toastmasters. The skills can enable Four Wins.
The Price of Winning
One should look at the big picture. If one cares only for oneself and ignore the needs of others, a win for oneself might result in a loss for one’s family, company or community.
The price of being a successful astronaut is high. One has to train extensively in places far from the family. From one report, only three (or so) of the 30 (or more) astronauts remained with their spouses after the arduous program.