“In business, barriers to entry are required to generate superior returns … by definition, only sustainable barriers to entry can support sustainably outstanding performance … If we use the term strategic to describe an activity that is designed to enhance the long-term value of a business, then strategy is exclusively about establishing or reinforcing barriers to entry.”
Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, Ava Seave – The Curse of the Mogul
Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value. … The essence of strategy is choosing to perform activities differently or to perform different activities than rivals.
Michael Porter, the godfather of modern business strategy
List the top ten most important things you can do – start with number one
Frederick Taylor‘s advice to Andrew Carnegie, retold by Richard Rumelt in ‘Good Strategy / Bad Strategy’
“The more people that do the same thing, the less different and distinctive it becomes. And the less different and distinctive it becomes, the less effective it is. And that’s a real imperative towards innovative thought and innovative action.”
“By definition chance cannot lead to long term gains (it would no longer be chance); trial and error cannot be unconditionally effective: errors cause planes to crash, buildings to collapse, and knowledge to regress.”