Sunday, 12 October 2008

Why Offense is better than Defense?

My dinner with Sriram Aylur last night at the Quilon Restaurant , a Michelin starred south Indian restaurant turned out to be very interesting. The conversation steered around his success at Quilon, and we ended up discussing a concept that I found insightful.

The concept is this: by playing offense , eg., going after competition first, you force them to respond, and, when that happens, more often than not, the responses are likely to be tactical "knee jerk". The idea is that as you force them to play the short-term tactical game, you continue to ensure your longer term important pieces continue to move.

This puts a premium on playing offense/ moving first.

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