CIP-III Advanced Certificate A Step Above

WHEN: May 17-19, 2022 Fort Lauderdale, FL (will be virtual on these dates if covid is still an issue)
Bundled Three Day Program
CREDITS: 1.8 CEU CREDITS (3 Day Program)

The NEW CIP-III level program

Few changes in the profession of competitive intelligence had more impact on the field than the rise of collection platforms (replacing human searches), and the flood of data (Big and Giant) that is mistakenly considered “competitive.” As collection becomes a thing of the past, and human source collection especially, it is time for many of our graduates to move UP.

CIP-I and CIP-II lay the foundation for becoming competition analysts, not information practitioners. But that’s not enough. While the certification curriculum for the I and II levels deliberately filters out those “busy work” tasks which these days are easily outsourced or automated, they leave one area for deeper practicum: strategic impact.

The CIP-III is not for everyone, and we expect it to be a small elite who takes it. It elevates the role of competition analysts to advisors to decision-makers on the best strategic options available in a crowded, changing marketplace. Strategy is one area where imagination, analytics and behavioral economics come together for real-life, practical implementation of delivering strategic impact.

Learn from the leading authorities in the field (Heather Hallenbeck and Leo Boulton), two practitioners with vast  experience interacting with senior executives, and one cranky educator (Ben Gilad).

Day 1 May 17, 2022

Using Cognitive Biases to Drive Your CI Message
Ben Gilad
9:00 am – 3:30 pm EST

Most of you know about cognitive biases. We are told they are bad, distort decisions and affect judgements. But they are used extensively in marketing, advertising and government policies to affect behavior. And if they are used to enhance the acceptance of competitive intelligence in an organization, this is much more beneficial than delivering a message/report no one wants to hear, which is therefore ignored. In this course I will explore how Nudge theory can help us deliver important messages to management, and more broadly, how to use management’s cognitive biases when delivering reports and making our recommendations as competition analysts.

Day 2 May 18, 2022

Competitive Strategy & Competitive Intelligence – How to Play the Right Game and Win in a Changing World
Heather Hallenbeck
9:00 am – 3:30 pm EST

Competition analysts are no longer passive information providers of the past. CIPs are playing increasing role in advising decision makers about best moves in a competitive arena. Are you ready to play a way more impactful role?

Competition is changing. Disruption is here to stay. Rivalry is shifting from well-defined Industries to Ecosystems. Competitors are coming from new directions and pursuing different business goals than your traditional rivals. Are you prepared? This course will introduce you to competitive frameworks and strategies to understand disruption and the dynamics of participating in ecosystems.

“Successful business strategy is about actively shaping the game you play, not just playing the game you find.”*

In this course you will learn how to stress test the impact of competitive moves using applied game theory to ensure you can guide your company to identify and pursue their best options by learning:

  • Who are Platform Players and how do they conquer and transform Traditional Industries and what we can learn from Real World Disruption examples
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Competition in the World of Platforms
  • Determine what the emerging competitive environment will likely hold and how to prosper by identifying new opportunities and potential threats
  • Use Game Theory Techniques to Analyze your Competition to Make your Best Move-
  • How do you play Defense? How do you go on the Offensive?
  • How do you assess Partnering and Competing with key Players in your Ecosystem?
  • Learn to make Actionable Strategic Recommendations that enable your Company to outmaneuver your Competition

*Quote from Adam Brandenburger and Barry Nalebuff

Day 3 May 19, 2022

Driving competitive relevance through VUCA events (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity)
Leo Boulton
9:00 am – 1:00 pm EST

The COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the greatest global challenge we’ve faced in nearly a century. All four characteristics of VUCA events are present during this coronavirus pandemic: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.  There is no “best practice” to follow these challenges, yet the competitive landscape is still there and are also affected. Learn how to adjust to such “low control” situations, and capitalize on them to drive change with decision makers.