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Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Manager

By Mark van Diggelen

Playing video games are not only fun, but in every type of video game you play you will be working towards a specific goal. The gamer would enjoy the achievement of reaching the goal. When this is applied to real life an employee or employer would have the satisfaction of a job well done as well as often getting monetary rewards from it. Being focused, determined and showing a believe in that you will be successful is a crucial part in proving your management skills.

It does sound a little weird, but there can be no argument that there is a lot of overlapping of the skills needed for both gaming success and management success. If someone is successful at playing video games it does make sense that they have mastered many of the skills necessary to be a good manager.

Everyday management in the workplace requires co-ordination and communication skills. An employer will need to delegate tasks to another employee, allowing large scale operations to be complete successfully. This is also present in video games, especially multi-player shoot-em-ups. With a headset a player can instruct teams and armies to attack/defend or other tactics to try and win the battle.

This involves communicating plans effectively, under pressure, skills which are seen valuable in the work environment. However the extent to which these skills are developed when playing games could be questioned. The gamer may have already acquired them elsewhere and gaming is simply putting them into practice, which would not prepare them for the work organisation anymore than they already were.

Although gaming can have a positive effect on the way you manage yourself and others at work, there are some major differences. With a regular job you are under real pressure to perform and reach your goals. This ensures financial stability and the fact that you will keep your job and possibly get promoted over time. When it comes to games on the other hand, the pressure is off and you are only playing for the sense of personal achievement and satisfaction.

There is definitely a number of similarities between good management skills and playing games well. There are however also quite a few ways in which they differ a lot. I really think that there are some positives and manager can draw from playing games, but being good at video games doesn’t confirm that you are a good manager. There are just to many other variables that come into the picture in real life. If nothing else, you would be able to play games for fun and relaxation at least, and you never know, you might even gain some positive influences for your everyday job.

There are many interesting mobile games and online games to play out there. Some of them are specifically good for helping to give your game a quick turbo charge during a long work day.

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Diggelen, Mark V. "Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Manager." Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Manager. 7 Oct. 2010. 14 Aug 2014 <>.

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Diggelen, M (2010, October 7). Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Manager. Retrieved August 14, 2014, from

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Diggelen, Mark V. "Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Manager"

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