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Nah, I think you need to be better than everyone else. (jk... :)
This is an interesting one. First off, I completely agree. I run the business development unit of a company in a very small industry. So everyone knows each other as a result of this. I have employees coming to me all the time super concerned what Dick or Jane are doing down the street at the competition. So I'm always having to tell them to believe in their own skill set and that of the company overall. I remind them that we've been doing OK and that chances are Dick and Jane are spending a whole bunch of time worrying about us.But then there are times when I feel like I need to keep the company as a whole from getting too insular and confident. I make them shop the competition all the time on a whole bunch of metrics, products, technology, price, etc.So it's a bit of a balance and it strikes me as I write this that maybe on the individual level it's important to push yourself but at the corporate level it's best to make sure you are not creating an island...
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