Pascal Derrien

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A New Business Study About Competition (By Me)

A New Business Study About Competition (By Me)


I don't know how I ended up thinking about writing a business post but you should consider yourself lucky, it could have been worse it could have been an article about content marketing.

In front of anything else there is one thing I want to stress out before I go on about displaying my credentials establishing me as one of the most respected business morale authority in the vicinity. The one thing I want to tell you in all humility is that you REALLY  but REALLY need to read my findings, I urge you to do so. They are earth shaking material, they are ground breaking, they are so simply magnificent that I could have a businessgasm just thinking about it.

So first thing first, let's get on with my credentials. A university drop out , I joined Sony for two weeks and stayed for 8 years because they let me. For reasons unknown I was given a team to manage at age 20 and if that was not criminal enough I was also given my first department (actually the one that nobody wanted) at age 23, I made such an impact that when I left they dismantled the entire site.

Soon after I worked for Gateway in Ireland who finally shut down under my watch and I subsequently joined an SME who reduced their workforce shortly after I left. I followed my various successes to date with the set up of a European spin off of an American company, in truth we killed each other with the two other senior partners involved and I left because we disagreed on the strategy, only to find out afterwards that they actually had none of their own but implemented mine.

I joined Microsoft in the early 2000's, stayed 14 years during which I held various senior roles in Operations but finally left 2 weeks ago. I probably have added so much value that in a senior moment I did not realize that my division had been wiped out by a corporate dude somewhere in Seattle.

You will be pleased to know that my track record also include a few damages inflicted in various non profit (just as well) boards who had the bad idea to invite me to have a seat at the table (and drink coffee). As you can see I am fully qualified to share with you the most gratifying yet mystifying and mind blowing piece of business research ever undertaken by mankind in a business environment.

My son and I conducted the following research and we followed all protocols and standard operating procedures that normally constitute best practices when it comes to review data, KPIs, findings, interpretation and all the general and rigorous attributes of a scientific project.

We started early that morning, the electric racing tracks were set on the landing of our house, the two cars had been serviced and were identical models except for the colour. We timed our races, we needed volumes so we probably had more than 30 starts and finishes including a few false starts and mechanical issues but that's when we started to notice patterns.

When one of the car went off track after a sharp bend, we noticed that the car from the other competitor was shortly going off track too. We repeated the experience multiple times and we can categorically say it happened 4 times out of 5 with either of the car entrant.

We were definitely on something there was no doubt about it, but to fully validate our findings we decided that we would corroborate the data by changing location in order to understand if any meteorological factors such as heating, or if a different light or space could affect the outcome of our experience. Further more, in the interest of science and priding ourselves as true explorers of the truth we decided to apply our processes to a different set of cars and tracks.

So off we went to the nearest Smith Toys store to purchase a larger track set composed of two strong and powerful cars, the circuit had a longer distance too including loops and a few other obstacles.

We repeated the experience in a new environment and I can categorically confirm that the two experiences distant in time, location and material are conclusively reinforcing our previous research data.

In short we can say that when a competitor fails there is no winner, when a competitor experiences issues it is unlikely the other contestant will take advantage of the void left and I would even add that when one opponent is down it is more than likely the other player will follow suit.

FACT


Sources

People & Stuff +  scientific expertise from my son


Photo Credit 

Cool Car Racing wallpaper


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#63
This is interesting for I thought there must be a reason. your comment shows how important for us to study what we have passion for. I wish you great successes for now you know what you are passionate about Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #46

#62
thanks Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I realized I liked History but did not like studying it plus I was going thru a rough patch the combination made me leave, two years in the cursus it was clear my heart was not in it so I started working when I was 19..... but went back to school two years ago in Ireland to pass a diploma in Journalism and Applied Communications :-)

#61
Your sense of humor is high Pascal Derrien. You know how to keep the reader in anticipation. You are a born storyteller. One thing- why you became a university drop out? I am just curious.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #44

#60
I am looking forward to be reading this expert article from yours Shelley Brown 📊😀

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #43

Awesome Market research for FPA. Now you just need a tag line and some content marketing to secure all the front porches for your new academy 🤓

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #42

#56
ah you very good thinking that Sandra \ud83d\udc1d Smith but I am just a mere scribbler at best :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #41

#53
Thanks Kevin Pashuk I will have to kick off a scientific series pretty soon :-) Johnny did not drive a racing car by any chance :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #40

#52
oh thanks Cyndi poking a bit of fun at the expense of the experts :-)

Kevin Pashuk

4 years ago #39

My mother often said "If Johnny jumped off the bridge, would you jump off the bridge too?" I guess that holds true for slot car racing as well. I'd have to run a larger experiment to see if it truly applied to business. I certainly would not object to more like this Pascal.

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #38

#50
My husband and son worked and played together through out my son's younger years and teen years. They don't work together now but they are still the best of friends.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #37

#48
nearly 12 @ this stage Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher :-)

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #36

#47
The comments played well into this buzz Pascal Derrien!!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #35

Businessgasms, OMG... that's one for the books, loved it and it made me laugh. I like your approach to a business analysis. Dean Owen, I could see you and your son owning a biz together! How old is he now?

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #34

#46
thanks for joining Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher the comments are pretty good on that one read them first :-)

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #33

#30
I'm reading the comments now Brian. I decided there has to be a good convo going on since I'm late to the party ;-)

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #32

#44
I was already beginning to laugh out aloud before I had even clicked the youtube link but I can't say anything funny about it because I have a couple of Chilean friends who love that music. I can introduce you to Gringolandia because it has a bit in it citing Macchu Picchu is in Chile and not Peru. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI5HC89X1V4 I want to show solidarity with my Chilean friends by linking to the penalty shootout in the Copa America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oxSasbIybo but now to keep my friends happy in Argentina, I will enjoy about 50 minutes from the Pampus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt1HnKB5WEc of course, while I rest in my bed and meditate with my superior Nikola Tesla like telepathic mind. As for my Brazilian friends I give them the reaction to the Germany game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9G4w3pXGAE because when it comes to lamenting, Brazilians are the most dramatic and the best !

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #31

#43
ah ah now I am starting to understand .....but how come did you know I would defrost Bolognese for tonight (which is true), I can only bow to your superior telepathic mind and I encourage the bee clan to sing to CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit incantation & lament !!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSkYpzikcdM

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #30

I know exactly why you thought of writing a business post. I had already imagined the two cars and the actual result of your findings are not science based but can be fully attributed to the genius of my telepathy. Not only did I engage in subversive mind control but I planted the kind of seed that Napoleon Hill wrote about, the secret. There are two parts to the secret that you will find within every comment. Once you see that secret for yourself, you will divine my true telepathic genius, as featured in the library book I read it from a.k.a. "telepathy made simple". I can reveal the third part of the secret, which is you must engage telepathy while commanding your own family to make spaghetti bolognese. You may think this is pure bolognese but it is not.

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #29

I know exactly why you thought of writing a business post. I had already imagined the two cars and the actual result of your findings are not science based but can be fully attributed to the genius of my telepathy. Not only did I engage in subversive mind control but I planted the kind of seed that Napoleon Hill wrote about, the secret. There are two parts to the secret that you will find within every comment. Once you see that secret for yourself, you will divine my true telepathic genius, as featured in the library book I read it from a.k.a. "telepathy made simple". I can reveal the third part of the secret, which is you must engage telepathy while commanding your own family to make spaghetti bologese. You may think this is pure bolognese but it is not.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #28

#39
Thanks Robert Cormack I accept it is a very binary sample :-) People are competing with their neighbours too :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #27

#38
oh yeah that one is for the business experts who get emotional when reading the stock exchange for example, Aaron Skogen I am glad I made you smile :-)

Robert Cormack

4 years ago #26

Good to hear competition isn't one-sided, Pascal Derrien. There are cases where the competition has no competition. We know them as monopolies, but that's a tough term to define anymore with the global village. I guess it's safe to assume we'll always have competition—even in our back yards.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #25

#33
when I left in 97 we had completely missed the boat on digital and focused on niche such as DAT and other stuff , the PlayStation division was bridging the gaps in terms of revenue and Aiwa was declining after a decade of double digit growth . the R&D minds were not sharp as they used to be or they went elsewhere.....

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #24

#31
thanks @Julio Angel \ud83d\udc1dLopez Lopez for reading the share and adding your own take :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #23

#30
thanks for dropping by Brian it all makes sense I must say :-) even to me

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

4 years ago #22

Our variety of competition was "get your ass up and put the car back in its place". The reference is always important. Shared in this hive https://www.bebee.com/group/amigos-del-slot Thanks Pascal Derrien

Dean Owen

4 years ago #21

#27
Sony is struggling in the movie biz despite a number of blockbusters. Their Columbia unit is in deep trouble. Electronics, they have lost the edge to Samsung. Even the Japanese buy Samsung/LG TVs over Sony/Sharp/NEC. PS4 Hardware sales are bad. Doing well in gaming software and networking and semiconductors. But "It's a Sony" just doesn't carry the air of innovation anymore (since they lost Pascal)! Going to the Sony building in Ginza used to be fun.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #20

#23
absolutely Gert Scholtz I think I was going ahead of myself here and I am glad you have reminded me of the rules of engagement especially when it comes to take credit, I will make sure to mention your name and put you forward for an award at the ethical sub committee :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #19

#24
yes da very point Phil Friedman #2 derailed almost systematically when the leader went off track now we have also seen instances when it took place when the #2 went off track himself, we have yet to investigate what went on in the cockpit of #1 before making a statement , as often you have rightly pointed us on the right... track if I may use that term :-)l

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #18

Pascal, in a race, one needs only go fast enough to lead the closest trailing competition. The hardest thing is to judge what that speed is, especially when the trailing competition goes off the track. If you're in second place and the leader goes off the track, you lose your paradigm against which you measure and adjust what you're doing. Maybe I missed it, but in your experiments, did the leader fail after no 2 did? Did no 2!lose his bearings after thenleader failed?

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #17

Pascal Derrien I think you must defer the final analysis to a more senior level, who will refer it to a committee, who will push it higher up to the executive, who will appoint advisers, who work in multi-level partnership with employees, and of which the final outcome will stand over to the next board meeting :) Nice "racy" read Pascal.

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #16

#17
I would like to enroll in FPA, i will bring the slick yellow car to the track. Thanks for the comment and yes target fixation apparently is a real phenomena in tense situations.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #15

#19
Noice won I must say, I will get a French version of that that will warrant me a Nobel ( I will mention you in my credits Paul \ as an expert consultant on a no fee basis)

Dean Owen

4 years ago #14

Sony needs you back Pascal! What ever happened to out of the box thinking at Sony! We've seen very little in the way of innovation from them since the Walkman....

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #13

#16
thanks Paul \ for dropping by and making a comment, btw would you happen to know if there is a Jane Theory too?

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #12

#15
thanks Harvey Lloyd you always make me giggle first and then I always learn something , target fixation never heard of it but that makes sense now :-) I checked the link but I think I need to buy a doctorate or a masters diploma online before applying :-) :-)

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #11

There are academic studies where millions are spent and time devoted. Whats interesting is that a family interaction and subsequent thought revealed the same as the academic study. ....and fun was had. The point of your research is profound. My success should not be based on someone else's failure. Not that others don't fail, but that i should mind my own business and serve my own goals, less i will fall into the same trap as my competitor. I believe the military calls it target fixation. Whereby the pilot gets fixated on the target and flies his/her plane into the ground. Minding your competitor will cause you to experience similar effects of grounding if they spiral down. Captivating writing. Maybe you should submit the post to www.sciencepublishinggroup.com. You will have published and receive tenure at Front Porch Academy (FPA)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #10

#13
thanks Dean Owen I shall undertake a beverage version of this study for completeness :-)

Dean Owen

4 years ago #9

Brilliant! How many times have we seen that happen?! I expect it only applies to industries that are easily disruptable, and not, for example, the beverage industry where if Pepsi failed, it would be party time at Coca Cola.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #8

#11
thanks Laurent Boscherini :-) absolutely right on the button sir I may say, I also realize I have forgotten to mention the Ph.d diploma I was about to purchase online :-)

Laurent Boscherini

4 years ago #7

Thank you Pascal Derrien for sharing your very educational approach so bright. If we can consider Competitive intelligence as the process of legally and ethically gathering and analyzing information about competitors and the industries in which they operate in order to help organization, that will make better decisions and will reach its goals. But, you are right, Corporate competition, Business competition, Market competition, and other similar terms are often used interchangeably, and more often than not any difference between them is one of semantics more than substance before to be understood like an oxymoron. Only the human interactions can make it real or not, by integrating external engagement deeply into every part of the business, defining what they contribute to society, knowing their stakeholders, engaging radically with them, and applying world-class management.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #6

#8
good the Huff Post is my dream my ultimate goal gosh you know people Praveen Raj Gullepalli :-)

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

4 years ago #5

#6
oh i have a mind. No business.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #4

#5
thanks Devesh \ud83d\udc1d Bhatt I knew a business mind like yourself would understand this :-)

Devesh 🐝 Bhatt

4 years ago #3

Very romantic indeed.

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #2

#3
thanks debasish majumder appreciate the reinforcement on the quality of the study :-)

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #1

#1
I am glad you concur with my findings and therefore reward my efforts, would you recommend me to any scientific and business publications Praveen Raj Gullepalli :-)

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