March 27, 2018
Robert Bradford Does your company focus on more than one strategic competency? Are you trying to be very good at too many things? Are you willing to experiment to find the value of your offering and its features? Please continue reading our blog.


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Why Is Strategic Competency So Scary?

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Robert Bradford Focusing on a single strategic competency can be scary. There are two big reasons for this. The first is the basic struggle with focus - we often feel unsafe putting all of our eggs in one basket. The idea that two competencies will double your chances of success is a false one, though. Two competencies usually means you'll have half the chance of success as someone who is just learning to be the best at one of those competencies.

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