Cooperation is fine, but sometimes, a leader has to come out ahead in oneon- one competition for a specific prize.
Here are four practical tactics that a black belt martial artist recommends for coming out ahead:
- Surprise. Because an unexpected first strike is the most devastating, move to reach your goal before your opponent even knows a battle is about to begin.
- Distance. If you’re far enough away from your opponent, he or she can’t hit you. Practical application: Know which of your assets are not in danger of attack from your opponent, even if he or she thinks they are. Example: She thinks that your team’s focus will disappear under attack; you know it will not. Count on it.
- Unfocused eyes. Martial artists know that if they look at their opponents’ hands, they’ll get kicked; if they look at their feet, they’ll get punched. Practical application: Remember that an opponent’s most visible activity may represent an attempt to pull your attention away from an attack that is taking place elsewhere.
- Extensive repertoire. A tactic that worked once loses its advantage and rarely works a second time. Come to battle with four or five strategies ready for every situation.
— Adapted from “Coach Parcells on Turnarounds,” Zeke Ashton, The Motley Fool.