Lessons from the masters - getting it right - Nobody could ever...
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Nobody could ever dispute that business information and intelligence is critical, no matter what your product is, and software authors are no exception. If there's a new Windows operating system around the corner, you need to know how it's going to affect you long before it's released. And if there are new development technologies such as .NET, you need to be in the know.
It should also be obvious that you need to know what your competition is up to. Industrial espionage is not a good idea, but there are many legitimate ways of monitoring people with products that are similar to yours. Failure to do so might cost you more than you realize. There are tools, services, newsletters and periodicals that can make this task quicker and more reliable. Take advantage of them, and use them to the full.
If you act as though your business exists in a bubble, sooner or later you will be burst from the outside. And you won't even have seen it coming.
Perspective - tying it all together.
This article isn't intended to be a checklist for the ideal personality. Some may argue that great leaders and business people are born, not made. Personally, I don't believe that we can alter or mould all aspects of our personality, and I don't believe that you can achieve success through a series of tricks, mindsets or self-programming.
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