How to Hone Your Business Skills with a Cribbage Board

One of my favorite ways to kill some time and unwind is by playing cribbage on my iPhone. It’s an addictive way to clear my head.

Oh, it’s not all fun and games. There are some valuable business skills to be learned:

  • Pay attention to your numbers: When I pick my cards, I need to add up all my possible points. More often than not I keep the four cards that add up to the most points.
  • Take risks: OK, I don’t always play the highest points. That’s because if I get the right start card or my opponent puts the right cards in the crib, I could clean up. Sometimes it works. Sometimes I have to make the best out of a busted strategy.
  • Analyze the competition: I pay attention to what my opponent plays. Analyze its strategy and adopt what works.

What do you learn about work and business from games?

Carl Natale is a freelance blogger who writes about tips and advice for small businesses. He runs the site - a site about how top brands set their prices.


  1. melanie on the 2nd August

    Cribbage baffles my mind. I prefer Scrabble. Not only does it help stretch my vocabulary…I’ve been learning how to be a more defensive player to great success.

  2. Eric Granata on the 5th August

    +1 for Cribbage. I love that game and wish more people played it.

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