by Ron Kurtus (revised 19 February 2018)
The following websites and books are resources and references on winning in competitions.
Art of Business - Tactics and strategies
Get to Know Your Competition - Entrepreneur Magazine
6 Ways to Beat Your Biggest Competitor - Marketing for Success
Gambling and games
Winning At Texas Holdem Poker - Poker Practice
Poker Games Coverage - Beat the Fish
Casino Gambling - For Dummies
How to Win American Idol - Psychology Today
Sports and Competition - Articles from Psychology Today
How to be a Winner - For young athletes - Psychology Today
Success: Winners and Losers - The making of a winner - Psychology Today
The Body Language of Victory - Psychology Today
You can buy the following books from Amazon.com or at your local bookstore.
No Contest: The Case Against Competition by Alfie Kohn; Mariner Books (1992) $15.00 - Contending that competition in all areas of school, family, sports and business is destructive, and that success so achieved is at the expense of another's failure; instead should restructure competition into cooperation
Embracing Victory: Life Lessons in Competition and Compassion by Mariah Burton Nelson; William Morrow & Company (1998) $23.00
Business competition books
Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance by Michael E. Porter; Free Press (1998) $37.50 - Concepts of business and corporate strategy
Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy by Bruce Greenwald, Judd Kahn; Portfolio Hardcover (2005) $26.95 - Business Strategy for executives to show how their markets work, where there competitive opportunities lie, and how to develop and protect them
Michael E. Porter on Competition by Michael E. Porter; Harvard Business School Press (1998) $39.95 - Noted authority on competition and corporate strategy shows that a successful company must not only adopt the best practices available but also differentiate itself from its rivals
Sun Tzu and the Art of Business: Six Strategic Principles for Managers by Mark R. McNeilly; Oxford University Press (2000) $17.95 - Application of Sun Tzu classic to business competition
Small business and sales competition books
How to Get Your Competition Fired (Without Saying Anything Bad About Them): Using The Wedge to Increase Your Sales by Randy Schwantz; John Wiley & Sons (2005) $24.95 - Selling system that tackles the challenge of breaking the prospect's relationship with your competition
Balls!: 6 Rules for Winning Today's Business Game by Alexi Venneri; John Wiley & Sons (2005) $19.95 - America's small and midsized businesses face unique challenges as they struggle to reach the kind of long-term business goals achieved by larger companies
Sports and games competition books
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison; Fireside (1994) $12.95 - Winning is dictated by mental and physical conditioning giving tips on how to think about each point with winning in mind
Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley; Chess'n Math Association (2000) $24.95 - Comprehensive chess course written for children 7 to 13 years old
Train Tough the Army Way: 50 Sports Strategies to Out-Think, Out-Train, and Out-Perform Your Competition by Mark Bender; McGraw-Hill (2002) $16.95 - No-nonsense guide offers athletes the proven mental-training techniques developed by the military to prepare warriors for battle and meet any athletic challenge, crush the competition and have a great time doing it
The Mental Edge by Kenneth Baum; Perigee Trade (1999) $13.95 - Why seemingly average athletes can excel at their sport while athletes with great potential will at time never reach their goals
Critical Moments During Competition: A Mind-Body Model of Sport Performance When It Counts the Most by Roland A. Carlstedt; Psychology Press (UK) (2004) $27.95 - Why some professional athletes tend to deliver in critical situations, while others are less dependable
War and competition among nations books
Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Peter Schweizer; Atlantic Monthly Press (1996) $13.00 - President Ronald Reagan and his advisers mapped out a systematic strategy to hasten the demise of the Soviet Union by attacking its fundamental economic and political weaknesses
The Art of War by Sun Tzu; Running Press Book Publishers (2003) $4.95
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Daniel Donno; Bantam Classics (1984) $4.50 - Classic on political and military strategies and competitions
If you have any suggested resources, let us know.
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