Ahoy, Matey! Pirates and BusinessMay 26th, 2010 | KikScore & KikReport,Online & Small Business Resources,Small Business,Small Business Tips,Social Media | No Comments »
If you open your eyes and mind, it’s amazing where you can find business lessons in everyday life. The book I am reading, Michael Crichton’s final novel: Pirate Latitudes takes the concept of war from the pirate’s view. There are a good number of similarities to small business and overtaking your competition to be learned from it. To come up with a new business idea, it doesn’t necessarily have to be ‘new’ but ‘better’ is critical to success.
Here’s some lessons that the privateers (often mistaken for pirates) of long ago still apply…
Build a good team – When Captain Hunter came up with his risky idea of attempting capture of a Spanish treasure ship in a far off, dangerous and assumed well protected island, he needed a strong team to accomplish the quest. Building the right team for business success can be tricky, but you can’t do it alone. Delegate responsibilities that foster team member’s strengths.
Create a more comprehensive solution – After overtaking the treasure ship, the privateers are stalked by a Spanish warship that is more heavily armed with both men and weaponry. The weakened privateers come up with a risky yet tactical solution to attempt to take down the larger ship. Creativity and doing something different with your current resources is a strong business sense. KikScore wasn’t the first trust seal out there, but it is different and more comprehensive than the competition
Overtake the competition – I’m not finished reading Pirate Latitudes yet, so I’m only theorizing here… but based upon the creativity noted above and their zeal to secure the stolen treasure, I have confidence the privateers will conquer the larger warship and bring home the gold. Obviously in business, war is not the best option, yet clever advertising and getting your business message out there can overtake the competition. A strong and consistent approach helps.
How is your business pirating through the marketplace?