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Ken Livingston (Senior Business Analyst)

October 10, 2015

The real world is never straightforward, and it’s seldom clear what the right answer is for many of our major decisions – especially if there’s some moral aspect to those decisions – and we have to dig down to our core values to make the decisions we can live with afterwards.

It’s not often we get a chance to test our values without significant consequences, and the Samurai Game provides plenty of the dilemmas and opportunities that call on those fundamental values to make decisions to ‘do the right thing’. There’s not much time to think things through during the game – decisions often have to be instinctive and therefore true to who you really are – which opens the door to review how we behave now, and how we’d like to be in future.

Although it’s played out in 16th century Japan, the principles of leading the noble (without the class implications) life of a samurai in those days apply just as much today, so the situations in the game, and our responses, can be readily extrapolated to our current lives. The game is perfect for anyone who aspires to be the best they can be – it isn’t prescriptive, dishing out pre-formatted answers, rather it asks you to question yourself, so it’s very much a personal journey. I came away with lots to think about, and every time I review the game in my mind new aspects come up, with more to think about and apply to my life.

Paul does a great job of running the game – he has the depth of understanding and the intelligence to manage it flexibly and coherently so that it’s challenging, thought-provoking, sometimes confronting, and ultimately very rewarding.

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