Any company can learn to compete more effectively with stronger rivals by mastering the concept of balance in the face of attack. Balance is a judo strategy principle that emphasizes the importance of retaining the initiative and shaping the competition in ways that make it easier to win. Rather than get thrown on the defensive, successful judo strategists learn to engage with powerful opponents by mastering three techniques: grip your opponent, avoid tit-for-tat, and push when pulled. These techniques are illustrated with a variety of examples drawn from both new-and old-economy companies.
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