These skills will give you a leg up on your competitors

Financial Post | Business

Successful entrepreneurs share many common traits, but they also share the absence of certain traits. And the latter spells opportunity for those who want to get ahead of the competition.

That’s because if you knew that you and your competitors were equally lacking at certain basic skills, you could consciously work to upgrade or delegate those abilities to leave the competition well behind.

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Personal-assessment expert Bill J. Bonnstetter  of Arizona-based TTI Performance Systems Ltd. has been studying entrepreneurs for years. In a recent article for the HBR Blog Network run by the Harvard Business Review, Bonnstetter identified four common traits serial entrepreneurs lack. See if you recognize any of these deficiencies in yourself:

Empathy Entrepreneurs often build products and companies to help people meet needs or deal with problems, but their commitment is on an intellectual or market basis — not on a personal level, Bonnstetter says.  “They do this…

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