You’re travelling through an unknown territory and you are met with an obstacle, a challenge that you must overcome. You ask your Chief Game Master (CGM) what the nature of this obstacle and challenge is. They explain to you in moderate detail what it looks like, how it functions and what types of ins and outs it has. You consider this new information and you devise a solution to this obstacle. You offer your CGM the idea that you have, detailing the method and route that you wish to take to overcome this obstacle. The CGM considers this and offers a few more pointers and additional information considering your solution. And with that, you are given free rein to enact your action plan to overcome the challenge before you.
Now this vague little story piece could be read in a few ways. If you were in a gaming mind and were primed by the Chief Game Master title, then you likely read this as a player who was trying to overcome some sort of challenge in a fantasy adventure. And the Game Master (GM) or Dungeon Master (DM) was telling them the information they needed to do this. And then after that they probably did their actions, maybe rolled some dice and found out if they were successful or not.
What I want to add is that this piece could also be read as an individual or team who is met with a difficult project and the CGM is a kind of guide, mentor, or consultant who helps the individual or team to navigate through the process in a way that is engaging, helpful, and non-directive. Just like a GM or DM in a tabletop game, a CGM can help people learn, grow, and succeed by providing them with guidance, support, and encouragement.
In the complex ever-changing environment of the game known as business, many of us yearn for a helping hand, someone who can help us navigate the twists and turns, not unlike a specialized tour guide or a ‘film-fixer’ who is a native in a foreign country and helps arrange the needs for a film production there. This guide doesn’t command you or smother you but operates more like a Game Master or Dungeon Master, aiding you in your journey.
In this article, I’ll explore the concept of the “Chief Game Master” in the business world and how it can be a transformative experience. Just as a Game Master assists players through intricate quests, I’ll discuss how a CGM can help you take charge of your business while seeking guidance and support to conquer various challenges and obstacles.
But first, we need to define what a CGM is. A CGM is someone who can help support you through any process, big or small. They may not be specialist in your field, but they can help you to set goals, develop action plans and overcome obstacles. And in addition to this, they will help you to learn, develop new skills as needed and ensure that you or your team grow.
A CGM is not your boss, nor are they a dictator. Their not there to tell you what to do or how to do it. But rather like a game master, their role is to provide you with the guidance and support that you need to succeed. And to help you reflect and iterate when you fail.
In essence, a CGM is a guide, mentor or consultant who helps you and/or your team to navigate through a problem with sound processes and methodologies that are engaging, helpful and non-directive. Allowing you to come to a solution in a collaborative environment.
That said the main difference between a CGM and a traditional guide, mentor, or consultant is that a CGM focuses on the process. They are more interested in helping you to learn, grow and achieve your goals than in telling you what to do. Without losing sight of the objective they are there to work with you, rather than direct you.
A CGM provides you with the tools and resources that you need to make decisions and craft the path that is best for you and your organisation.
The idea of the Chief Game Master (CGM) is a reframing of an approach to getting help through any process. A CGM is essentially someone who can help you and your team to learn, grow, and succeed by providing you with guidance, support, and encouragement.