Informed in Five: “Hardball”On 30 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Hardball – FiveKiller Strategies for Trouncing the Competition by George Stalk, Jr, andRob Lachenauer. Harvard Business Review, April 2004. ThemesThe mostsuccessful companies of the moment – Toyota, Dell and Walmart – play‘hardball’, meaning that they have a single minded focus on pursuing competitiveadvantage and its benefits, such as leading market share, great margins, rapidgrowth, and all the intangibles that go with being in command. ‘Softball’players in contrast are in trouble – most airlines, the US auto industry, therecording industry – because they have gone soft and the discourse is around‘squishy issues’: leadership, corporate culture, customer care, knowledgemanagement, talent management, employee empowerment, and the like. Thehardball manifesto is about focusing relentlessly on competitive advantage andstriving for ‘extreme’ competitive advantage, for example Walmart’sexploitation of its core business of Logistics or Toyota’s production system. Businessesshould avoid attacking competitors directly to avoid confrontation; an exampleis the way Southwest Airlines avoided the airports used by much bigger rivals. You shouldexploit people’s will to win and avoid complacency, greediness, laziness,indifference, bureaucracy, hierarchy and other sins, and foster a sense of urgency.However,businesses should stay within the law and ‘know the caution zone’.Messages The keyhardball strategies are:● Devastateyou rivals’ profit sanctuaries ● Plagiarisewith pride – think Ryan Air and Southwest Airlines● Deceivethe competition● Raisecompetitors’ costswww.hbr.org/Informed in five is a service fromthe Personnel Today HRDirectors Club to keep you on top of what’s in the top business journals. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
Oct 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The pandemic H1N1 vaccine supply is increasing significantly, and over the next 2 weeks Americans will have an easier time finding and receiving the doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.At a media briefing today, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, said 22.4 million doses are available to ship to states now, which is 8 million doses more than the 14 million available a week ago. “We wish we had more vaccine now, but we’re beginning to get a significant increase in availability,” he said.Though polling shows many Americans are ambivalent about getting the vaccine, people have faced long lines to receive doses for themselves or their children, and some providers have had to turn people away. For example, yesterday officials in Jackson Township, N.J., turned away 1,000 people from a vaccine clinic after the facility exhausted its 1,500 doses, according to a report from the Associated Press.As states wait for more doses, flu activity is still widespread throughout the United States, Frieden said. Flu cases have decreased in some areas, such as Georgia, but are increasing in a patchwork pattern of focal points—typical for influenza—throughout the country, he reported.Though Frieden said federal health officials are frustrated by the slow trickle of vaccine coming out, they are pleased by other aspects of the vaccine. The vaccine closely matches the circulating H1N1 virus and is likely to be very effective, he said. He added that federal officials have high levels of confidence in the vaccine’s safety because it is produced by the same manufacturers using the same methods as the seasonal flu vaccine, which has an excellent safety record.The CDC is observing the different ways states are distributing their vaccine doses and is working to identify best practices to ensure that available vaccine is given to priority groups as soon as possible, Frieden said.He added that school-based immunization clinics are likely to be one of the most efficient distribution methods, and he lauded districts that are distributing vaccination consent forms ahead of time. He urged state and local officials to make it as easy as possible for people to receive the vaccine.
MS Dhoni struck two free-kicks as Virat Kohli-led All Hearts FC thrashed Abhishek Bachchan’s All Stars FC 7-3 in the Celebrity Clasico at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.The match was a continuation of an yearly tradition that started last year, when the game ended 2-2 and it will be played next year as well.Dhoni dazzled once more but this time on a football pitch with two free-kick goals giving All Hearts a 2-0 lead within 40 minutes of the game.Live that super Mahical moment! ?????? pic.twitter.com/cGrjDL5oxr- Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 15, 2017While the first goal came from a deflection, the second goal was a thing of beauty — one that Sunil Chhetri, All Hearts manager for the match, would be proud of.It is well known that Dhoni was a footballer before being drawn towards cricket and that showed when he took on the field in the Celebrity Clasico.With the rule of rollover substitution, Dhoni was seen on and off on the pitch which was attributed to the fact that he is flat-footed and has troubles staying in the footballing shoes for too long.Ashish Nehra, the mentor of All Hearts FC, said on the sidelines of the game that Dhoni was the one chatting the most in the dressing room.Even though Dhoni was the fulcrum of the unit and his sense of positioning was for all to see, Virat Kohli with his constant runnings and bundle of energy was a threat at all times.advertisementAfter two of Dhoni’s goals, Anirudh Srikanth, son of former India opener Kris Srikanth, also scored a brace — one being a header and the other a composed penalty.Now @aniruda77’s turn! #CelebrityClasico ?? pic.twitter.com/0hVMTd36Dd- Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 15, 2017Besides Anirudh, Kedar Jadhav also scored on a rebound, with his brand-new studs that he bought for the game, after All Stars goalkeeper has stopped a shot from Kohli.Even though Kohli failed to find the net once, his hard work was rewarded in the end as he sealed the match with a beautiful chip, which turned out to be the second last goal of the match.Shikhar Dhawan, in the end, got his name on the scoresheet as he scored from the penalty spot after theopposition’s goalkeeper handled the ball outside the penalty area.For All Stars FC, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Ranbir Kapoor and Armaan Jain scored.MS Dhoni was very calm after scoring the goal! Football pitch or Cricket Pitch man is a legend #CelebrityClasico- Õ?É?iÕÉ?É?rÉ?! (@BeingKushSharma) October 15, 2017MS Dhoni scores the 1st goal for All Heart in #CelebrityClasico Football match Jersey No. 7 doing the trick in the 7th Minute of the Game.- Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) October 15, 2017MSDhoni is the player of the match for his two goals. And this man rules at any sports #CelebrityClasico pic.twitter.com/5k44WwawAg- DHONIsm ? (@DHONIism) October 15, 2017