Competition and Exclusivity

How do you look at competition? Are you afraid of it? Do you try to keep the competition down or do you make yourself better? Do you help competitors? Do you ever refer people to your competitors? Are you the best or are your competitors just worse than you are?

When is an exclusive relationship warranted? Some networking groups will only allow one member from any particular occupation. I.E., one lawyer, one doctor, one CPA. Is that wise. Who do you want in your group, the best doctor so you can refer them to your friends and they can get healed or the best connected doctor who knows everybody and can refer you to many potential clients? Do you make exclusive relationships with your vendors or customers? Is it two way. Are they the only one in their industry that you sell to? Are you the only one that they buy from? Do you have any “one way streets”?

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Taking control or over-reacting

Do you watch movies? Do you ever get lessons from them? If you saw Crocodile Dundee in 1986, you may remember this part of the movie.

Dundee is threatened by a mugger with a switchblade]
Sue Charlton: Mick, give him your wallet.
Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee: What for?
Sue Charlton: He’s got a knife.
Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee: [chuckling] That’s not a knife.
Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee: [Dundee draws a large Bowie knife]
Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee: *That’s* a knife.
[Dundee slashes the teen mugger’s jacket. He and his friends run away]

How about the Untouchables in 1987? Do you remember this advice from Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery)?

“He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way!”

I love movies with a message.