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Innovation: surviving competition

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One of many powerful success lessons from Africa's Big Cats that I share in my keynote presentations is how to survive brutal competition by innovating and doing what no-one else is doing.  As the smallest (by shoulder height) of the large predators, the leopard has to constantly compete with the much more powerful hyena and lion, both species of which tend to specialise in hunting essentially large herbivores.  The leopard on the other hand, is an extremely versatile hunter, able to hunt a very diverse variety of prey, from medium to small mammals down to small birds and even reptiles.  This adaptability allows the leopard to come up with innovative hunting strategies in response to the conditions in which it finds itself.

The benefits of being able to innovate and adapt can be extended to success in business and even sport. . The following is South African rugby legend Nick Mallet's take on last Saturday's brutal South Africa vs New Zealand rugby match, and doing what no-one else is doing in order to prevail over competition:
“The (final) try that the All Blacks scored, they had an opportunity to go from 20-17 to 20-20, but they kicked to the corner and came up with a lineout move that no one has seen ever. It was brilliant; they are the most innovative team in the world. We’ve never seen that and we didn’t know how to defend against it. Every game they come up with these fantastic new moves, it worked so well… They take seven points and win the game because of that courage; it’s their ability to come up with new ways to score tries that’s better than ours.”

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  • Dear Lorne, thank you for a most informative and thought provoking keynote address on Thriving in a Wild World. We were most impressed by your expert knowledge of the animal behaviour and the way that you made it relevant to the business world. In very simple yet fascinating terms you refocused our minds on often forgotten business principles, giving us a new sense of direction in these often difficult economic times. This “back to basics” philosophy is just what every business needs from time to time to adapt.

    THEO POTGIETER - FINANCIAL DIRECTOR, TACOMA FOODS (PTY) LTD, SOUTH AFRICA
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    TONY WEBB – MANAGING DIRECTOR, FINE & COUNTRY, SOUTH AFRICA
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    ISISARA BEY - SENIOR DIRECTOR, SONY MUSIC CORPORATE AFFAIRS, U.S.A.
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    GRANT WILLIAMS – HEADMASTER, FISH HOEK PRIMARY SCHOOL, FISH HOEK, SOUTH AFRICA
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