by Ron Kurtus (revised 4 December 2015)
The following websites and books are resources and references on winning in competitions.
Art of Business - Tactics and strategies
Get to Know Your Competition - Entrepreneur Magazine
6 Ways to Beat Your Biggest Competitor - Marketing for Success
Gambling and games
Play Winning Poker - Strategies to win games
Competition Freaks - Los Angeles Times article on competitive people
How to Win American Idol - Psychology Today
Sports and Competition - Articles from Psychology Today
How to be a Winner - For young athletes - Psychology Today
Success: Winners and Losers - The making of a winner - Psychology Today
The Body Language of Victory - Psychology Today
You can buy the following books from Amazon.com or at your local bookstore.
No Contest: The Case Against Competition by Alfie Kohn; Mariner Books (1992) $15.00 - Contending that competition in all areas of school, family, sports and business is destructive, and that success so achieved is at the expense of another's failure; instead should restructure competition into cooperation
Embracing Victory: Life Lessons in Competition and Compassion by Mariah Burton Nelson; William Morrow & Company (1998) $23.00
Business competition books
Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance by Michael E. Porter; Free Press (1998) $37.50 - Concepts of business and corporate strategy
Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy by Bruce Greenwald, Judd Kahn; Portfolio Hardcover (2005) $26.95 - Business Strategy for executives to show how their markets work, where there competitive opportunities lie, and how to develop and protect them
Sun Tzu and the Art of Business: Six Strategic Principles for Managers by Mark R. McNeilly; Oxford University Press (2000) $17.95 - Application of Sun Tzu classic to business competition
Small business and sales competition books
How to Get Your Competition Fired (Without Saying Anything Bad About Them): Using The Wedge to Increase Your Sales by Randy Schwantz; John Wiley & Sons (2005) $24.95 - Selling system that tackles the challenge of breaking the prospect's relationship with your competition
Balls!: 6 Rules for Winning Today's Business Game by Alexi Venneri; John Wiley & Sons (2005) $19.95 - America's small and midsized businesses face unique challenges as they struggle to reach the kind of long-term business goals achieved by larger companies
Sports and games competition books
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison; Fireside (1994) $12.95 - Winning is dictated by mental and physical conditioning giving tips on how to think about each point with winning in mind
Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley; Chess'n Math Association (2000) $24.95 - Comprehensive chess course written for children 7 to 13 years old
Train Tough the Army Way: 50 Sports Strategies to Out-Think, Out-Train, and Out-Perform Your Competition by Mark Bender; McGraw-Hill (2002) $16.95 - No-nonsense guide offers athletes the proven mental-training techniques developed by the military to prepare warriors for battle and meet any athletic challenge, crush the competition and have a great time doing it
The Mental Edge by Kenneth Baum; Perigee Trade (1999) $13.95 - Why seemingly average athletes can excel at their sport while athletes with great potential will at time never reach their goals
Critical Moments During Competition: A Mind-Body Model of Sport Performance When It Counts the Most by Roland A. Carlstedt; Psychology Press (UK) (2004) $27.95 - Why some professional athletes tend to deliver in critical situations, while others are less dependable
War and competition among nations books
Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Peter Schweizer; Atlantic Monthly Press (1996) $13.00 - President Ronald Reagan and his advisers mapped out a systematic strategy to hasten the demise of the Soviet Union by attacking its fundamental economic and political weaknesses
The Art of War by Sun Tzu; Running Press Book Publishers (2003) $4.95
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Daniel Donno; Bantam Classics (1984) $4.50 - Classic on political and military strategies and competitions
If you have any suggested resources, let us know.
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