There is a new episode of the Competitive Intelligence Podcast: Ted Galpin on the Problem with Competitive Intelligence
. I would like to invite all of my fellow CI professionals to take a listen. Please share your feedback here or on the Competitive Intelligence Podcast home page
Ted Galpin is a fellow CI practitioner who blogs at http://strategicscience.org
, a blog that is definitely worth adding to your RSS reader. His recent entry "The Problem with Competitive Intelligence" is a thought-provoking piece that we discussed in this podcast interview.
Ted's premise is based on the difference between the CI analyst and the executive stakeholder's minds. CI analysts are highly intellectual, analytical and rational. The executive stakeholders, on the other hand, are highly political (that's not all a bad thing) and have to balance diverse demands and motivations to optimize their own position. This gulf (I am no doubt clumsily summarizing) is the source of the lack of respect and the "Cassandra Complex" so many of us observe. Bridging this gap is the key to improving the efficacy of competitive intelligence.