What Game Are You Playing?

A recent round of Scrabble matches with my mother (we each won once) reminded me there are often options for any game we are playing.

In Scrabble, some people focus on their tiles, trying to build words and then find spots to place them on the board.

Other people focus on playing the board, zeroing in on the double and triple letter or word spaces and how they can use their tiles to build words in those spaces.

Challenges or opportunities in our personal and professional lives are similar.  We can inventory what resources we have and then try to play them in the open market, or we can look to the external opportunities that exist and then tap into our internal resources to take advantage of those areas.

Either approach can work, but having an awareness of one's strategy is helpful.  What game are you playing and do you know why?