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May your Force Be With You

Quite sometime ago, Author Michael E. Porter wrote a book entitled, The Five Forces that Shape Industry Competition. The five forces are:

RIVALRY Among Existing Competition

         THREAT of New Entrants

            Bargaining Power with Suppliers

                Bargaining Power with Buyers

                     THREAT of Substitution – Products or Services

I believe each of these five forces lead to coaching experiences.  How do we deal with threats, either perceived or blatant?  How do we deal with rivalries…in a good-natured way…with good sportsmanship…or cutting down your competition for no sound reason?

What do you do for new team members…welcome them…put them through another round of proving themselves…or solicit input to work their strengths and weaknesses into the team matrix?

When a new project is handed to the team, what role, if any, do you play to bargain for a position and why?  Do you bargain for the benefit of your team and the success of the project…or for yourself?

While most of us are not award-winning Olympians, we do share an inner force that moves us to do our best, to receive a paycheck. We deal with issues of rivalry, bargaining power and competition.   May the force within you this week, help you Choose Who You Want to be Known As.  Enjoy your week.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coaching & Change Agent

The Five Forces That Shape Industry Competition, by Michael E. Porter, Economist Edition (1979).   Reviewed November 11, 2011.

Note: a quick search on or will provide you with a multitude of examples of Mr. Porter’s “Five Forces”.

EGO, EGO[er], EGO[est]

This past weekend I read a truly forward thinking article on managing your Ego at work.  I would like to share it with you.  It was written by Ms. Christine Latimer*.  Miss Latimer urged that the following ego traits should be left at home:

“The need to be right; A sense of entitlement, or specialness;

Gossip; ‘Yes person’ mentality, not being one’s true self; and


As a Coach, I believe if any of these traits were left at home, your listening skills would improve; you would practice paying attention to what someone else is saying and, you would allow yourself to be open to other options of thought.

So what really is EGO.  It was an amazing eye-opener to discover Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus** provide over 75 synonyms of the word EGO.  Here are a few to consider this week. EGO is… courage…worth…conscience…thought…pride…essense…self-esteem…attitude…soul…bent…true being…frame of mind…core…innermost being…tendency…stuff…outlook…disposition…sub-conscious.

During the course of this week, consider if your EGO is directing your actions as you Choose Who You Want to Be Known As.  Enjoy your week!

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach & Change Agent

* Research Summaries for Business Leaders, August 3, 2012, published by LMK Partners. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
**ego.(n.d.) Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Retrieved August 5, 2012, from website: