Rock, Paper, Scissors in the Business World!
Remember the book All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten? Apparently the book has some followers... Japanese art collector Tashi Hashiyama was unable to decide whether Christie's or Sotheby's should auction off his collection... This is a big deal because the collection is worth over 20 million dollars (15.5 million Euro) and contains works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Cezanne... So he had them play Rock, Paper, Scissors!
"The way in which collections are won sometimes rest on the tiniest little decision, and the owner of this collection could not decide between the two big houses," said Nicholas Maclean, Christie's international director for Impressionist and Modern Art... "In Japan it is not uncommon that a decision will be made where this game will be played," he said... "When [Hashiyama] mentioned this, we were not surprised. We've heard this before and we took it very seriously..."
So what did they do? They studied the game!!! Maclean said Christie's decided to play the eventual winner (scissors) after doing some research... "A lady in Japan did her own research and she independently came with the idea that scissors should be the way we should go," he said... "I spoke to my own children and they also felt that that was the way. So, between us we decided to go with scissors."
They did change the gameplay in one way though... Representatives of each firm wrote their choice on a piece of paper instead of playing in the traditional fashion, with hands...