I think that growing up in a crowded continent like Europe with an awful lot of competing claims, ideas... cultures... and systems of thought, we have, perforce, developed a more sophisticated notion of what the wordfreedommeans than I see much evidence of in America.
This is not an age of castles, moats, and armor where people can sustain a competitive advantage for very long.
The largest profits go to those businesses which most devotedly follow a policy of insisting on a competitive advantage, no matter how small, for every product or service they market.
Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
Managerial intellect wilted in competition with managerial adrenaline. The thrill of the chase blinded pursuers to the consequences of the chase.
There are two ways to compete - in stable conditions, you plan and you compete on scale. In unstable times, you live by your wits.
'Tis better to have fought and lost,
Than never to have fought at all.
Though shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.
The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.
Just aslocation, location, locationdefines value in real estate, in business today it's connectivity that equals competitiveness.
You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
To win against opponents, companies need strategies for three related tasks: outwitting, outmaneuvering, and outperforming competitors.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.
It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face ... Avoid self-righteousness like the devil - there is nothing so self-blinding.
The Japanese are masters at making you peel the onion. You get through one layer and you are looking at another one just like it.
To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
I feel sorry for those who live without competition ... fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
What do you do when your competitor's drowning? Get a live hose and stick it in his mouth.
Observing your own and your competitor's successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.
I grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters. I did all I could do to really stand out and that nurtured a lot of confidence and drive and ambition.
It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and only the pig enjoys himself.
I treat everything as a learning experience; then you become detached from the result and more interested in the experience itself.
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
Monopoly is a terrible thing, till you have it.
We're not going global because we want to or because of any megalomania, but because it's really necessary.
We strive to be Number One ... But win or lose, it is the competition which gives us pleasure.
Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.
Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of values.
Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
When the sea was calm, all boats alike
Show'd mastership in floating.
The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.