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Question: How can a person solving problems by using Game-based Thinking to create optimal strategies

Answer: Most of my success coaching and mentoring is based on game-based thinking. The essence of game theory and game-based thinking is about finding the optimal strategy to win a game in a competitive environment. It is also about finding the optimal solution to a problem.


Doing any of this isn’t easy especially if you are in a multi-layered complex scenario with many variables such as you would find in a mixed strategy. One such scenario is often referred to as a sub-game. A sub-game is part of a larger game. A sub-game when seen in isolation, constitutes a game in its own right.  An example of a sub-game might be found by reviewing the statistics of an inning of a baseball game. No matter who wins the actual game of nine innings a pitcher could win an award for striking out more players than any other pitcher in the seventh inning. He or she could win while their team lost the game.

As our lives become more complex and we seek to excel in areas where there may be competition, it becomes useful to be able to make predictions on the future especially when there are sub-games involved. Sub-games have different outcomes and the total benefits gained in a combination of each sub-game will define the final winner. Car racing, for example, is composed of many sub-games.

If you understand the saying “One can win a battle and still lose the war” you will have an understanding of what a sub-game is.  Games in which the difficulty of finding an optimal strategy stems from the multiplicity of possible moves are called combinatorial games. Examples include chess and Go.

Games that involve imperfect or incomplete information may also have a strong combinatorial character, for instance, backgammon.

There is no one perfect approach to determining the best strategy when there are combinatorial elements in games.

There are, however, mathematical tools that can solve particular problems and answer general questions concerning combinatorial games.  This exploration can become very sophisticated, often requiring mathematicians and computer algorithms.

These sophisticated methods address games with higher combinatorial complexity than those usually considered in basic game theory and gamer thinking – the thinking patterns dominant in those who are skilled at playing video games.

Research in artificial intelligence has addressed both perfect and imperfect (or incomplete) information games that have very complex combinatorial structures (like chess, go, or backgammon) for which no provable optimal strategies have been found.   The practical solutions may involve many different approaches to what we generally call trial and error. These unique trial and error approaches may involve millions of steps that can only be done with computers (computational heuristics).

Often this approach will not produce a perfect solution to an extremely complex and sophisticated problem but it can produce a solution that is good enough to get the job done or achieve a certain goal.




  • Lewis Harrison, director of the “RealUGuru Project” is a pioneering life strategies mentor, seminar leader, radio host, practical philosopher and contemporary spiritual teacher specializing in human potential and personal development. He speaks about and teaches Applied Game Theory to individuals, colleges, associations  and organizations.
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  • To study Applied Game Theory with Lewis Harrison or to have him speak at your group contact him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com.
  • For a more detailed exploration please refer to his book Harrison’s Applied Game Theory: How to Solve any Problem Effortlessly  – Volume 10 in The teachings of Lewis Harrison.
  • To learn more about the RealUGuru Project and the “Teachings of Lewis Harrison”, Volumes 1 – 27 go to Lewis’ website at: ReaUGuru.com.
  • A series of talks by Lewis on winning the Game of Life can be found at his YouTube Channel at AskLewis/LewisHarrison


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