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Game-Changer: Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations | [David McAdams]

Game-Changer: Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations

The aim of David McAdams’s Game-Changer is nothing less than to empower you with this wisdom - not just to win in every strategic situation (or “game”) you face but to change those games and the ecosystems in which they reside to transform your life and our lives together for the better.
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The aim of David McAdams’s Game-Changer is nothing less than to empower you with this wisdom - not just to win in every strategic situation (or “game”) you face but to change those games and the ecosystems in which they reside to transform your life and our lives together for the better.

Game-Changer develops six basic ways to change games—commitment, regulation, cartelization, retaliation, trust, and relationships—enlivened by countless colorful characters and unforgettable examples from the worlds of business, medicine, finance, military history, crime, sports, and more.

The book then digs into several real-world strategic challenges, such as how to keep prices low on the Internet, how to restore the public’s lost trust in for-charity telemarketers, and even how to save mankind from looming and seemingly unstoppable drug-resistant disease. In each case, McAdams uses the game-theory approach developed in the book to identify the strategic crux of the problem and then leverages that “game-awareness” to brainstorm ways to change the game to solve or at least mitigate the underlying problem.

So get ready for a fascinating journey. You’ll emerge a deeper strategic thinker, poised to change and win all the games you play. In doing so, you can also make the world a better place. “Just one Game-Changer [is] enough to seed and transform an entire organization into a more productive, happier, and altogether better place,” McAdams writes. Just imagine what we can do together.

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©2014 David McAdams (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

“David McAdams’s Game-Changer is a rare book: A nontechnical first introduction to game theory that also offers a fresh perspective, on how the best strategy for playing a game can often be to change the rules. I can see that I’ll have lots of opportunities to recommend it.” (Alvin E. Roth, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics)

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    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 05-28-14
    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Interesting listen yet little practical value"

    It reads like an interesting book about game theory with a number of interesting examples but I found this 'game theory' to be common sense or basic strategy applied using complex-sounding logic.

    The examples are lengthy and go off topic for long periods of time. I think one chapter spends thirty minutes talking about bacteria and viruses with no relation to game theory in an example that is way too complicated and has little to do with the topic.

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