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Did you ever point out that you anticipated competitors' moves to your managers, and if so, how did they react?

We were number three or four in our market (it depended) and our entire business strategy was to watch the number one player, and do what they did.

So a number of my ideas weren't actually flat out rejected, but they weren't a priority- we already had a list of features to implement. Of course, by the time we implemented those features, the number one had moved on and implemented the stuff I'd originally proposed. Such a frustrating process, and a 100% guarantee that you'll never be the number one company.

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