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Using Superiority Analysis to Become a Champion for Growth

Tuesday, May 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Arik Johnson - Aurora WDC
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What do you think of when you hear the word CHAMPION?


Most people picture an athlete or sports team victorious after a contest against an evenly-matched rival. Historically, however, Champions are people who make substitutional sacrifices that give their lives meaning beyond their own near-term self-interest. In other words, a true Champion is humble. The future of the strategic, market and competitive intelligence field requires humility.


Why is that? It’s been 10 years since the last recession. Many CI departments have grown bloated and complacent, content to produce the same reports defending existing businesses against known competitors. A focus on “technology” and “analysis” feeds that trend. Indeed, software is more sophisticated, and data is “bigger”, but that focus pushes CI further away from the outcomes the organization truly needs.


When we take the longer view, say 25 years, our field has weathered four recessions. Each time, CI departments and staff who have not directly contributed to the growth of their organizations have been classified as overhead. In each recession, overhead was eliminated with extreme prejudice. In 2019, at the end of the longest sustained expansion in global economic history, we are overdue for a reversion to the mean for economic growth – aka another recession. When that happens, CI programs that are not producing growth outcomes will find resources drying up and staff laid off.


Those wishing to survive will face a new sense of urgency in redefining their value proposition. Too often, “Competitive Intelligence” programs are abstract, intellectual entities without a clear path to organizational growth.  By contrast, “Growth Champions” are navigators of uncertainty who help organizational leaders chart a path to the future. Accepting this change will require humility as well as courage.


Superiority Analysis Aligns Companies for Market Success

The convergence of technology around collection, storage and processing activities has transformed CI into a more analytical discipline than ever before. And, as industry evolution has entered the analytical canon we now know how to predict which growth strategies will succeed and how. Much like an API (application programming interface) allows different information systems to interoperate with data, Superiority Analysis has emerged to enable a company's growth executives to program a growth strategy in a predictable way. 


Where CI Fits

But CI is needed to balance the growth strategy being programmed between the Superiority Criteria (Satisfiers, Drivers and Disruptors) the market is defining for the winning offer and the Control Factors each provider will govern to match that criteria as it changes over time.


What to do next

Aurora WDC is proud to partner with SCIP on a two-day immersive workshop designed to equip CI teams to drive growth outcomes: Using Superiority Analysis to Become a Champion for Growth (June 25-26 in London). By the end of day 2, you will:

  • Understand where to compete and how to win in the markets your company might choose to grow from
  • Develop a operational plan for growth intelligence, including a timeline, budget & personnel requirements, performance milestones, and technology enablement. 

Armed with this, you will have no excuses for your program's failure to be an active partner in producing the growth your strategy, innovation and C-suite executives are responsible for. If you want a seat at this table, this is how you do it.

We are a global community of Intelligence Strategists - leaders who leverage insights and best practices to enable smart strategic choices and transformational growth.

SCIP - Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Professionals - 7550 IH 10 West, Suite 400 - San Antonio, TX 78229 USA