Instead of doing stand-alone planning, form every bit of the strategy based on what the competition is doing, could do, or has done.
That's exactly why there is a major advantage in not going first. And why you have to make it your business not to be stuck in the starting position.
We saw that played out today at the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation Senate Judiciary hearing. Christine Ford, who alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, was required to go first. The person who went second - Kavanaugh - then had the edge. And, even his most severe critics concede that he killed it.
Not going first applies in myriad contexts.
When scheduled to be one of several speakers, opt to be in the middle. The last speaker is faced with a weary audience.
In a group job interview - and there are more and more of them - position yourself not to be called on first or not to volunteer to go first. You will profit from the mistakes of those who present before you and you will figure out how to neutralize the strengths they provide.
If you are one of the five students law firms are interviewing on campus, try to find out who the others are and what they will tout. If you can't land that specific information then do your best analytical thinking about how they will likely present themselves and how you can top that.
Incidentally, this also applies to family dynamics. My sister Anne Murga-Ring was born nine years after I was and 13 years after the oldest sister.
It was from what we screwed up that she learned so much. She avoided those emotional traps and is thriving in a comfortable marriage and a job in the C-Suite.
On the other hand, I at least profited from observing the stumbles of the sister four years older than I. She died at age 60. Meanwhile, I already have lived longer than any other member of the family.
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