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Your Business Needs a Game Plan

November 8, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

I am a sports fan.  I watch football, college basketball, and professional baseball. Besides the games themselves, over the years I have learned a lot from watching the great teams use their game plans. When the legendary Garry Williams was at the University of Maryland, he often used a full-court press while coaching the college basketball team.  He used it more effectively than most any other team in the country. It was University of Maryland’s signature move, and he built his team around it. Because of their game plan, they disrupted other teams and won a lot of college basketball games. I have seen other teams that have been highly successful because they are using their plans to win.

In your business, you need to look at the players you have and the team you have. Sometimes you may need to change your game plan based on the team you have assembled. As in sports, circumstances will change, injuries will happen, trades will happen, and retirements will happen. Things will evolve, but the teams that are competing at the highest level are evolving and building their plans for themselves. They are not using the same game plan that everybody else is using. When they use their own special strategies, they beat others on their terms.

When the Baltimore Ravens won their first Super Bowl, it was all defense. They had a team that was so good on defense that nobody could keep up with them. Their offense was not outstanding, but the defense was stunning. Interceptions, scored touchdowns, offenses stopped on their first series each time. For each player, playing with their strengths in defense paid off with a Super Bowl ring.

What are your unique talents and abilities? What does your business do that others don’t? How can you make your business better? In my Ted Talk, I talked about the advantages of women in business and how women can use their unique talents and abilities.

How can you use your unique talents and abilities to do more? What are you doing differently than others are?  What competitive advantage are you using? How are you beating out your competitors? Let us know in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. John Siebert.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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