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September 12, 2009


What if when we have the advantage of Goliath, we played like David?

That's a great question. And I think the answer is we get comfortable. The Davids are able to beat the Goliaths because very often the Goliaths don't try as hard.

Whitney. You nailed it.

You're so smart ;-). You need to get a degree in Philosophy. You're great at it.

Hmm...I'm not sure if I agree with the point of being a bit of both David and Goliath.

Here's why. I find that focus is the "killer app" in almost all situations. Knowing who you are, what you are good at and what to do next is a force multiplyer. Whenever, I've tried to hedge my bets with a "little bit of both" thinking I end up distracting and defeating myself.


Stan --

You sound as if you are referring to situations in which you are positioned as Goliath. I would argue that for you 'focus' is your approaching a situation like David. You aren't taking your situational advantage for granted. It's when we are in a position of advantage, and are complacent (or won't/can't move down market because the margins are too low as with the Innovator's Dilemma) that a David-like approach shifts the power balance.

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