top of page


From Checkers to Chess Book

FROM CHECKERS TO CHESS is the simultaneous pursuit of input management and choice differentiation. It is about silencing the voice of emotion when engaged in the decision making process, and making poor choices a relic of the past. It's based on the view that a few well-framed questions can restructure the menu of options available to a market, industry, organization, or individual.


In their bestselling book, From Checkers To Chess, Dr. Tamika Forde & T. Jermaine Adams, I

use "Checkers" and "Chess" to describe the inputs used to shape the world of decision making.

CHECKERS are all of the unplanned decisions you will make in your lifetime. These are the decisions made with little thought and are accompanied by a reckless disregard for the future.


Checkers is also a symbol of the emotional choices made in response to the triggers found in your environment. Here, decision makers seek to eliminate problems and irritants as quickly as they emerge. When these concepts are distilled through observation, the Checkers input becomes an opportunity input, reducing all who are influenced by it to a 'Simple Opportunist.’

Symbol for Checkers

CHESS in contrast, embodies all of the decisions made to secure and protect the future after a period of research and planning. These decisions are untainted by emotion and the triggers found in your environment.


The Chess input also represents the problems that you would have ordinarily eliminated but solved without doing so. When these concepts are distilled through observation, the Chess input makes all who are influenced by it a 'Sophisticated Risk Manager.'


Finally, a book on decision making that actually demonstrates its mechanics. This is the most powerful, poignant and practical business parable since Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese. From Checkers To Chess, is a must for anyone looking to sharpen the process by which they make decisions.




Organizations, industries, and individuals have long searched for the holy grail in decision management. Yet, inconsistent decision-making remains a crisis even after investing billions of dollars in professional development, education, and incentives. 


In a book that challenges everything you thought you knew about the decision making process. Federally recognized business innovators T . Jermaine Adams, I, and Tamika Forde have found the solution in the most unlikely place: a kid's game.


From Checkers to Chess is a timeless guide to better decisions. In this groundbreaking work, the game of Checkers is brilliantly used to highlight the insights and mechanics necessary to build your dreams one decision at a time.


"Checkers" is a metaphor for all of the unplanned decisions you will make in your lifetime―whether in business, finances, health, family, friends, romance, or recreation. And "Chess" represents all of the decisions made to protect your future after a period of research and planning.

Applying cutting edge data and a proven framework, From Checkers To Chess, makes poor decisions a relic of the past by providing a panoramic view of the decision-making process and introducing five principles every decision maker should avoid―to achieve elite status. These five principles reconstruct the decision making process to position you to cross the bridge to extraordinary results.

Wooden Plank Transparent
Screen Shot 2022-06-15 at 10.02.30 AM.png
Screen Shot 2022-06-14 at 11.30.13 PM.png
Screen Shot 2022-06-14 at 11.31.21 PM.png
Screen Shot 2022-06-14 at 11.32.40 PM.png
Screen Shot 2022-06-14 at 11.32.57 PM.png


Learn the key differences between a CHECKERS and CHESS decision.

Screen Shot 2022-06-04 at 9.00.25 AM.png






From Checkers To Chess starts with a case study from the Harvard Business Review, which highlights and underscores that even men and women with advanced degrees from the most prestigious institutions in the world are reduced to cavemen—groping in the dark—without a framework to guide their decisions.


If this is true of the best and the brightest among us, bad choices and poor judgment is the unspoken epidemic destroying the rest of us. This reality should alarm us all and provoke us to ponder the future with a new perspective.


This epidemic is compounded by the headwinds of the 21st century, which is marked by unprecedented change and disruption. Entrepreneurs, organizations, teachers, and parents must adjust and prepare to enter this new world with bold strategies and cutting-edge tools to ensure that education is now coupled with enhanced decision making skills.


A failure on this front will mean voiding the cost of education altogether and foreclosing on the opportunity to shrink the income gap and grow in confidence, results, and market share. Since this article was published, three iconic universities, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, have added decision management courses to their curriculums to protect their student’s education and the heritage of their prodigious alumni.


In addition, in 2018, the United States Navy appointed Dr. Jennifer Lerner, a psychologist, as its first Chief Decision Scientist to couple military intelligence with the most advanced decision management products the nation could acquire.With that knowledge, we have carefully crafted this allegory to position you to cross the bridge to better decisions, greater results, and the outcomes you want most.

bottom of page