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What race are you in?

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The hare and the turtle raced, the hare felt asleep and the turtle won the race. Are you in a company that has a competitive advantage and looses sight of the goal? Or Are you in a company that keeps steady pace to reach its goals?

Learning 1: keeping a steady pace is more important than your competitive advantages.

Then the hare thought about what went wrong and convinced the turtle to go for another race. This time, the hare used its competitive advantage and won cleanly.

Learning 2: learn from your mistakes and get back on track.

Then the turtle thought about it and convinced the hare to go for another race. The started together, but the path got to a river, the turtle jumped into the water and got to the other end whilst the hare tried digging a hole, going around and lost time.

Learning 3: your competitive advantages are constrained by the environment.

Then the hare convinced the turtle to do a race around a place they didn’t know. Along the way they where threatened by a wolf, the turtle jumped into the hare and the hare was so concerned that it carried it along.. they found a river and the turtle carried the hare to the other side. When they where there they were happy to be running together and became friends. The hare was better are running, and the turtle was better at swimming. Mmm they though! Maybe we can do a joint venture!

Learning 4: collaborate with a competitor when a new player comes into the market.

They invited each other to their caves and discovered mutual passions about digging and different styles for building. Hours went by and they had a great time. The hare and the turtle began talking to everybody about their new found mates and forgot about the race.

Now everyone knows them for digging caves.

Learning 5: What you are best at is not necessarily what will drive your life. It is what you are passionate about that will make you successful and provide you with the greatest joy.

Now, in which learning are you/ is your company?

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By |April 30th, 2013|Categories: Blog|1 Comment

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Alicia Castillo Holley is an international speaker and researcher on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital.

One Comment

  1. Emma May 14, 2014 at 3:46 am

    I have always worked with competition and not against them. If I can’t stand fairly along side my competition, then I’m not good enough to be there.
    It is all about reputation and you need to show that you genuinely are someone who cares about what you do and the people you work with or for.
    I love the use of the Hare and the Turtle in your analogy and how you furthered the story. Good food for thought yet again, thank you Alicia.

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