How does evolution of the four suits, the ace, the “suicide king” of hearts, and the joker inspire us to lead teams with pure intentions?
Every summer, we got to visit my cousins’ house where we were always treated to new magic tricks. My favorite tricks were the card tricks! Misdirection and sleight of hand serve the magician well, but it is certainly not recommended for the ethical card player. As leaders, we are all dealt a hand. We don’t get to reshuffle the deck and hope for better cards. We do get to strategize during the game and improve our chances of winning.
Though the origin of playing cards is uncertain, we know the cards we use today were greatly influenced by the French in the 15th century. Not only did they develop the suits, they also “divided the four suits into two red and two black, with simplified and clearer symbols”. Since cards were traditionally made by woodcutting and engraving, these modifications “meant that playing cards could be produced with stencils, a hundred times more quickly”.1 Over time, countless designs have emerged along with countless games.
Playing a hand of cards is like running a business:
Playing the hand you’re dealt in a card game is like playing your hand as a leader with a diverse team and shifting tactics. Leaders must be clever and that’s different from being tricky or manipulative. Improving your chances of winning requires input from different perspectives, clinging to excellence while increasing productivity, leveraging advantages (honestly), and responding to surprises quickly with courage and creativity! It’s not sleight of hand or misdirection, it’s strategy.
Sources: 1Playing Card Decks: The History of Playing Cards: The Evolution of the Modern Deck; 2, 3, 4The Atlantic: The Lost Origins of Playing-Card Symbols; 5The United States Playing Card Company: A Brief History of the Joker Card.
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