Mogic considers

With a combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots
We are moving forward with a new era of company management.
I hope to share some of that process with you in this section.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

2020.02.13

Who are we really competing with?

Capitalism is competition, company management is competition, and life may be competition.

It is a friendly competition with someone else to achieve something, to play to your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses, and maybe even to fight against yourself.

I would like to delve a little deeper into competition and write about the strategy.

If we take out the skeleton of the competition, it becomes "multiple players under common rules to achieve a goal and decide who is superior or inferior," and the qualification test is the most obvious example.

The conditions of the test, including subjects, date and time, are fairly communicated to multiple players, and the score earned on the day's test determines whether a player passes or fails the test.

The rules are clear and the goal is clear.

However, there are hidden assumptions here, and tinkering with them reveals a different side to the competition.

That is when you eliminate or change the presence of someone who rules in advance and adjudicates after the goal is scored.

In terms of certification exams, this means being on the side of changing the very organization that determines the content of the exam and whether it is passed or failed.

The person who changes the rules themselves in this case is sometimes called a game changer.

This means that the rule change itself becomes a competitive field.

Of course, it is not enough to just change the rules, because changing the rules cannot be a game changer if no one believes in them.

Just by looking at the two competitions roughly, I feel that the way to survive them (i.e., the strategy) is ultimately about timing.

When do we fight within the rules that are set and when do we fight for those who change the rules?

No matter how great the skills you build up, they will be meaningless after the rules have changed, and even rustic skills are better than zero right after the rules have changed.

Do we sense a structural change that is likely to change the rules and initiate symbolization ahead of time, or do we wait until after the symbolization and quickly imitate it?

As we move our thinking from competition to strategy, we sometimes wonder who we are really competing with.

In the long time horizon, other companies and others that we can see are only a small part of the picture.