by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 46 comments and questions on Competition issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
Wants to link to our site from poker site
December 23, 2009
Dear Support Team,
I'd like to publish a review about your site(school-for-champions.com) in my articles section (pokerprophecy.com) and I would like to include a link to your site as well. To make this partnership beneficial for both parties, I'd like to ask You to publish a gambling related unique content article on your site that contains a link to my project. I'd be sending you the necessary content absolutely free of charges!
If I'm not sending this mail to the right person, please forward it to the one responsible with marketing :-)
Nick - USA (18915)
You can publish a review about the material in our site and include a link to it.
Where is your articles section? I couldn't find it. Also, not that your Survey page doesn't work.
I assume your site relates to people playing online poker. Let me know a little more about what you are providing. Also, how is this site related to www.ownthecards.com, or are they different versions of the same thing?
I can add a link to your site on our gambling competition pages, however, I'd like to get a more clear idea of what your sites are about.
How an organization create a competitive advantage?
November 21, 2009
what is quality? How an organization can response to its importance to create competitive advantage?
zet - Malaysia (18714)
A quality product is one that exceeds the customer's expectations and is reliable, such that it does not break down soon. It is not the same as luxury. A luxurious product may look nice but not perform well and may easy break down.
Customers tell their friends when they are pleased with the quality of something they bought. They will also tell their friends not to buy from a company that sold them an inferior or low-quality product. This word-of-mouth advertising can be a great competitive advantage to a company.
See our section on Total Quality at:
Did Sun Tzu have a wife?
August 21, 2009
DID SUN TZU HAVE A WIFE AND CHILDREN IF SO WHAT WERE THEIR NAMES ETC.
JOHN - Australia (18177)
As far as I know, Sun Tzu seemed to have devoted his life to the art of warfare. There are mentions of his father and family, but I haven't seen any mention of him having a wife or children.
Comparing competition in tourism business
April 5, 2009
Explain how tourism experter identify compertition in tourism business
Athony - Tanzania (17556)
Any company or individuals who offer tours or accommodation for tourists in your area can be considered your competition. You need to narrow the list down to those who offer the same or similar services as you do. Then, it is good to have someone use their services to see what special features they offer and how they compare with what you offer, including price.
Good service of high quality at reasonable prices is the best goal to have.
How consumers are satisfied with fast food service
December 11, 2008
I would like to ask again on how the consumers satisfied in terms of the quality of service rendered by the restaurant and fast food?
Mariane - Philippines (16934)
The expectation of good service by the customer is usually higher the more expensive the food on the menu. A fast food restaurant usually has a lower price range and minimal service. As long as the attendants seem competent and are not rude, the customer will be satisfied. But in an expensive restaurant, customers expect a high level of service. In fact some may expect more service than is reasonable.
Problems that affect credit cooperatives
December 11, 2008
i would like to ask about the problems that affects the credit cooperatives
Katrina - Philippines (16935)
The major problem that occurs in credit cooperatives is a gross inefficiency in their functioning due to people not paying their loans. This can be due to mismanagement but also because the system has grown so fast that there is not enough oversight about who is given a loan or credit.
Just like with a standard company, growth is good, but it must be controlled growth. Also, in any financing situation, there are often dishonest people who will try to take advantage for their own profit.
Requirements for developing a strategic plan
March 31, 2008
1. What are the requirements for developing a strategic plan and how can a firm achieve competitive advantage through business strategy?
2. Planning is becoming more important activities for logistics managers. What are the hierarchy of planning and how does strategic planning differs from tactical and operational planning?
Romanus - Malaysia (15636)
A company needs to have some goals and objectives of what it wants to achieve in order to create a plan to reach those goals. If part of the goal is to gain an advantage on a competitor, the company management must know who the competition is and their strengths and weaknesses. They must also evaluate their own capabilities .
Logistics managers need a different form of planning, because of the complexity of logistics. Upper management would seek competitive advantage, while logistic management seeks effective operations.
Value in the insurance business
December 20, 2007
In insurance industry, about primary activities
. what are the primary value-creating activities
. How do these activities help in creating value
Also with support activities
. identify the support activities
. how these activities help in creating value.
frank - Ghana (15004)
The insurance business uses statistical data to determine the probability of risk for covering someone in case of an accident of some sort. They need to carefully determine the risk in a particular potential client. They must also be aware the some customers may be "accident prone", so they need to look at past claims. these activities create value by assuring there is no loss.
Finding new customers, convincing them that they need insurance and convincing them that your insurance company is better than the competition are important value-added activities.
How does supplier quality affect costs?
October 21, 2007
thanks for helping me to understand the benifits of TQM. but i have one question in my mind and i think its very important.
i just want to know that to produce a quality good i need quality raw matertial for the manufacturing the product. so to buy a quality product i need to pay good amount. so this thing will increase my over all cost of my product. so now how you can say that TQM can reduce my cost?to produce good quality i need quality raw material which is available in market in higher price. please explain that i want to produce quality good so how TQM helps me?
becouse if i use cheep raw material which is available in low cost, my product cost is also low and i can sell my product more in quantity then other due to low price.
waiting for your prompt response.
Student of MBA (Marketing)
Abdul - Pakistan (14604)
One important aspect of our TQM approach is to help your suppliers provide you with quality goods, as well as to reduce their costs. When you get a good supplier, you can create a partnership of continuous business. This save them money that might be spent on advertising and will even allow them to discount goods to you. Some companies even help to train suppliers to be able to provide quality goods.
You also want to look at the losses from inferior supplies and material. You may pay less for the goods, but it can result in more failures in your own products. This means losses in repairs. But even more so, it means your customers will accuse you of providing low-quality goods, even if the problem was with the supplier.
You want to get raw material at the best price possible, but you also must make sure that it does not affect the quality of your goods. Careful analysis must be made of the trade-offs involved. Check the effect of quality and cost of the raw materials and other supplies you purchase to the final quality of your product.
See our section on TQM at www.school-for-champions/tqm.htm for more information.
How can companies compete peacefully?
February 14, 2007
How two companies can compete (peacefully) for the same product in the same markets?
Khalid - Japan (13152)
Many companies compete peacefully through innovations and new products. Canon and Sony are good examples of this. I've never seen a situation where one of them criticized the products of the other.
Recently someone stole the formula for Coca-Cola and tried to sell it to their rival company Pepsi-Cola. Although these two companies are fierce competitors, officials at Pepsi-Cola notified the authorities and the person was arrested.
Companies that try to undercut the other, steal ideas, and criticize their opponents in advertising, are the ones that are not competing peacefully. Often those companies lose in the long run.
Where can I find out the handicaps?
May 23, 2006
Where can I find out the handicaps that Both Margaret Court and Billie Jean King had? There were several significant handicaps and all the writers tell how she beat him, but neglect to mention the handicaps. The two most important were he was allowed only 1 serve and an even more important one was that she was allowed the outside doubles lanes. That is huge She could run him amd hit thwe ball what 3 or so feet wide om either side and get the point Where is that written. I tried it with a guy I play even and I gave him that handicap and he killed me 6-0 6-0 when I ncould no longer hit a hard first serve andf his normal wide shots were winners
Jeffrey - USA (11172)
It is unfortunate, but the reporters where more interested in the battle of the sexes angle than in other aspects of the match. I know that other people seem to recall there being a handicap, but I haven't been able to find any written verification.
One big problem is that Riggs did not train for the match. He spent time promoting and partying and was in terrible shape for someone his age. Meanwhile King trained hard to be ready for the match.
I've never heard of any handicap in the match against Court. Riggs just psyched her out.
Feels there definitely were handicaps
May 23, 2006
Read your comment on the handicaps You said some readers saw that match and denied the handicaps. I am an avid tennis player who watched both matches and there definately were the handicaps. Its a shame women claim that as a vicxtory That would be like me taking my 21 year old son, and having him have a boxing match with Muhammed Ali and have Ali at his age and condition now tie one hand behind his back and not allow him to puch above the shoulders and them claim ny son beat "The Greatest" champion The king Riggs was a joke and most people dont even know he beat Margaret Court worse 6-2, 6-1 earlier in the year
Jeffrey - USA (11173)
Although we can't seem to prove if there really were handicaps in the match between Riggs and King, the point I was trying to make was the effect of using psychological strategies to gain an edge in a competition. Sometimes giving a handicap will cause your opponent to relax too much, thus negating the effect of the handicap. But also being overconfident--as Riggs was after beating Court--can cause your downfall.
Needless to say, win or lose, the match made Bobby Riggs a household name, as well as giving women's tennis a shot in the arm.
Did Riggs play at a disadvantage?
April 29, 2006
I have been fascinated by the Riggs-King match for years and I seem to remember that Riggs played at a disadvantage. I thought it was that one of the following:
1. He had only one serve and King had the usual 2.
2. Riggs had the regular lines and King had the doubles lines.
3. Riggs had the regular lines in the serve and King had doubles lines in the serve.
If you know the particulars on the disadvantage or handicap, I would love to know and why is it that it is never mentioned when this match is written about.
Fran - USA (10984)
I've also heard that Riggs had only 1 serve to King's 2 and that she had the doubles lines. Unfortunately, none of the news stories mention any handicap. Their emphasis is mainly on the "battle of the sexes" and not on the particulars. Also, some people who saw the match claim that there were no handicaps.
Entering in a beauty contest
February 15, 2006
My name is Rutta Evodius a second year student of University of Dar es salaam.
I would like to have your advise on strategies to win a beauty contetst which involves talent commpetetion between students.
Your advise should also involve on techniques to deliver speech.
Rutta - TANZANIA (10095)
One of the best things to do when competing in a beauty contest is to study the previous winners, if possible. From studying them, you can see how they looked, what they wore and what they did in the talent competition. This will give you an idea of what they judges are looking for.
The best thing is to be able to talk to the winner or even someone who has competed. You may be able to learn some valuable information on what to look for and what is important.
In the higher levels of beauty contests, participants often hire special beauty-contest coaches to guide them. You would think that it is only good looks and talent, but when the competition is strong, those that want to win will use means to give them an edge.
You might get some ideas from: http://www.misstourismtz.com/
If you are going to deliver a speech, select a subject that is close to your heart and that is of interest to others. When you show you care about something dearly and want to help change the world, it can be an effective speech.
The most important thing about your speech is to practice it many times. Find out the time limit is on the speech and time yourself to make sure you don't go over the limit. Practice in front of friends, family and anywhere you can so that you are sure and confident of yourself. See our section on Speaking at:
I hope these ideas help and that you will do well in the contest. Whether you win or not, it is a great experience and should be fun.
Best wishes and let me know how it turns out.
Where did you get information on handicap?
January 8, 2006
I know that Riggs had a handicap in the match, but coverage of it is almost non-existant. Even Wikipedia doesn't mention the serve disadvantage. Could you tell me where you got the information about the handicaps? Thanks.
Matt - USA (9597)
I was suprised about that too. One source was in a biography of Riggs at
I'll have to add that to the Resources on that page.
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