When it comes to competitive advantage, “playing hardball is not an option, it is a requirement for winning,” according to George Stalk Jr. and Rob Lachenauer, two Boston Consulting Group executives who authored “Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win.” Stalk and Lachenauer provide a remarkable perspective on competitive advantage. In a…

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Not all business markets are alike, much less are all business problems. But the fact that every business challenge is unique does not give executives, and the gurus who advise them, permission to fastidiously adhere to singular paradigms nor succumb to overwhelming fear in the face of uncertainty. Rather, it allows them to approach their…

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