Your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness

Sometimes I feel like an idea like this is “in the air.” I heard about it in sparring, then a podcast I listen to. What do you think? Do your greatest strengths also hold the seeds of your greatest weaknesses?

The Three Thirty Project

In my Martial Arts academy, we teach sparring. It’s usually considered an advantage in our style to be tall – taller people have long legs, so they have more reach and can oftenkicktheir opponent before their opponent reaches them. But, if you can get around their legs, their height becomes a weakness. Taller people tend to be easy to get off balance and if you get “inside” you can hit them with a punch or hand technique, and their legs are too long to kick you away.

In business, large companies have a lot of power – they have large advertising budgets, nationwide distribution networks, bargaining power, research teams and analysts at their disposal. But their strength is also their weakness. By necessity they have bureaucracies to manage day-to-day operations. If they want to make a change, they have to spend a lot of time and money re-training everyone in…

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