Maneuver relies on speed, agility, insight, stealth and innovation to win with less cost using three strategies:
Winning a valuable, unoccupied space before competitors are aware of its existence. Example: Apple introduces iTunes, to help people manage their downloaded music. Apple was an unlikely competitor, since it did not publish music. Other corporations, like Sony, were more likely to identify and capture this market. Yet Apple preempted others, took the valuable but unoccupied position and ruled music distribution for a decade.
Attacking a competitor in such a way that the competitor cannot deploy its full capability in response, causing the competitor to vacate part or all of a valuable market or space. Example: Zara dislocates haute couture and other fashion retailers by producing new fashions at a pace that their competitors cannot match. Having identified a weakness or vulnerability, Zara attacks the industry and the industry cannot understand what happened, and loses valuable market share and profits.
Attacking an equally competent competitor to disrupt efficient execution, distract the competitor from its task, delay implementation of new plans.