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Schmooze with confidence

Whether you're in need of a full-time job or looking for supplemental freelance/contract opportunities, the thought of schmoozing with people who can assist you can seem like a painful, manipulative, or insincere task.

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More Power in Your Little Finger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe that there are two very different sorts of power that a person can focus on developing. 

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How to Stay Ahead of the Competition

How to Stay Ahead of the Competition

To succeed in today's rapidly changing world  you have to focus more on competitors, and less on executing your old success formula.  You have to be part of disrupting and

changing market in order to compete effectively.

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How to Stay Ahead of the Competition

How to Stay Ahead of the Competition

To succeed in todayís rapidly changing world you have to focus more on competitors, and less on executing your old success formula. You have to be part of disrupting and changing markets in order to compete effectively. Here are my top ten tips to stay ahead of the competition:

  1. Develop more future scenarios. Too many businesses spend their time thinking about what they did last week/month/year when they should instead be thinking about what they need to do tomorrow. Instead of spending hours analyzing prior results, put that energy into developing future market scenarios, looking for potential shifts, and identifying how you can upend competitors.

  2. Obsess about competitors. Spend less time thinking about what you want to do and more time thinking about how competitors can, and will, hurt you. Your execution is probably better than you think, but if your strategies and tactics arenít focused on dealing with competitor actions, then you canít make more money. Most problems are created by competitors that require you to adjust what you do, not how well you do it.

  3. Study fringe competitors. Ignoring upstart rivals is expensiveójust ask bankrupt newspapers what the cost was of ignoring Google and Craigslist. Fringe competitors show you how to use new technologies, new solutions and new business models to change the marketplace, and how to reposition yourself for growth.

  4. Attack your organizational lock-ins. Businesses get locked-in to and repeat their behavior. But repeating behavior, not matter how successful, allows competitors to predict your moves, and makes you an easy target. Attack those things that keep you stuck in your ways so you become a moving, less predictable target.

  5. Seek disruptions. If you always do what youíve always done, you wonít ever do anything new. Intentionally disrupt the way you do things so you will try new and different approaches. This will open your organization to new growth opportunities.

  6. Donít ask customers for insight. Customers mostly tell you that they want better, faster, and cheaper. They wonít tell you what competitors are doing to make breakthrough improvements. Nor will they tell you when they are evaluating new solutions that you donít offer. Following customer advice further locks you into the old business and leaves you wide open to competitor attack.

  7. Avoid cost cutting. Cutting costs weakens your ability to execute and eliminates resources to do new things. It makes you weaker. Smart competitors recognize the opportunity to pounce on customers and steal business during market weakness.

  8. Run lots of tests. Planning and forecasting are dramatically overrated. Too often they lead to trying fewer ideas because of the pre-action overhead. Recognize that it is impossible to predict the impact in competitive markets. Instead, get in the marketplace and do it. Try things. Spend money on tests, and use test feedback to adjust and compete better. Let tests pull you into doing what the market values, and what competitors donít offer.

  9. Acquire lots of outside advice. People inside your business are too focused on execution to see most market changes. Better execution always looks like the answer to any problem. Outsiders can point out what the market is looking for and how you should adjust to be a stronger competitor.

  10. Target your actions at competitors. Look for how your competitors are locked in, and attack them in ways they cannot respond. Donít just do what you want to do, take actions intended to hurt your competitor. Never miss an opportunity to ruin your competitorís day.

Adam Hartung is CEO of SparkPartners and is an entrepreneur and author. His book, Create Marketplace Disruption, explains how to compete profitably in todayís rapidly shifting marketplace. You can read more at Adamís blog and follow him on Twitter at Adam_Hartung. 

 

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