Gartner Research

Maverick* Research: Digital Leadership Lessons From the Game of Go

Published: 24 September 2013

ID: G00257677

Analyst(s): Dave Aron


As the digital world evolves, and new models are needed, digital leaders can and should learn from the highly strategic game of Go. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Introduction
    • There Is a Renewed Need for Strategy Insights, and Games Could Be the Best Source of Learning
  • Go Is the Best Game to Provide Strategic Insight
  • Eight Lessons That Digital Leaders Can Learn From the Game of Go
    • Lesson 1: Corners (角)
    • Lesson 2: Fuseki (布石) and Moyo (模様)
    • Lesson 3: Sabaki (捌き)
    • Lesson 4: Aji (味)
    • Lesson 5: Two Eyes (二 眼)
    • Lesson 6: Observers (傍観者)
    • Lesson 7: Joseki (定石)
    • Lesson 8: Underneath the Stones (石の下)
  • Recommendations
    • Balance Studying, Watching and Playing
    • Pay Attention Broadly
    • Develop Your Own Style of Digital Strategy

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