The Tiger is an apex predator. It’s food to none, but eats all other animals as food. Currently, Tigers are usually found in Southeast Asia, China and Russia.
The Tiger is the largest cat species, easily recognized for its pattern of vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside.
The Tiger has a muscular body with powerful forelimbs, a large head and a tail that is about half the length of the body. The tail helps the Tiger in executing sharp turns. The length of a Tiger ranges between 8ft to 13ft and it can weigh between 90kg to 300kg.
From the ground up to the shoulder, it stands between 2.3ft to 4ft. Though, this is shorter than the Lion, but the Tiger is bigger in length and weight. The muscles of brother Tiger no get mate amongst other big cats.
Tigers are fiercely territorial and generally solitary, except during mating season and when females bear young. The cubs usually leave their mum after 2 years.
The Tiger is one of the few big cats that likes the water and is a powerful swimmer. Their night vision is six times better than humans, so they usually hunt alone at night time. But they are also opportunists and won’t pass up the chance of a daytime meal if and when available.
Tigers are ambush hunters preferring to sneak up on their prey before exploding into action, killing them with a bite to the neck or back of the head. They have large, padded feet that makes it easy to silently stalk prey.
It’s stated that the hind legs of a Tiger are longer than the front legs, making it possible to leap forward 20 to 30 feet in one jump. They are not the fastest runner amongst the big cats and also can only run for short distances.
The Tiger mainly hunt deer, wild boar, buffalo, antelope, calf of an Elephant etc. However, a lone Tiger can take down prey four or five times its own size, no matter how large and dangerous the prey is e.g. Gaur (largest wild cattle species in the world), Elephant etc.
Lions are the 2nd biggest cats in the world and a lone Lion is usually unable to take down a Buffalo, not to now mention an Elephant.
How is the Tiger able to successfully tackle prey much bigger than its size?
The Tiger, like a well planned business, utilizes the 4″S”, namely: structure, strategy, skills and system.
The structure of a Tiger is like that of a sole proprietor. Unlike the Lion who is more aligned to a partnership business and/or Limited Liability Companies.
The strategy of a Tiger for business continuity is: hunt, kill (prey), eat, have sex, and defend territory, all year, every year.
The skill set of the Tiger is defined by its body structure, these are:
1. Muscular body with powerful forelimbs to grab, hold and swipe. The swipe of a Tiger is powerful enough to smash a Buffalo’s skull.
2. Longer hind legs for leaping towards a prey.
3. Large padded feet for silent stalking.
4. Large head with a powerful bite force (second to the Jaguar).
Quickie before the 4th and last “S”:
What is your business structure?
What is your strategy for the year?
What are your skill set?
The 4th “S” is system and this is our core focus. Online sources stated that:
a system is the procedures, processes, methods or course of action designed to achieve a specific result.
System serve as the essential building blocks and support that allows different functions and departments to interact with each other and connect them to the operational strategy of the business.
The business system of a Tiger can be broadly categorized into 5 stages.
1. Detection: locate and stalk prey.
2. Attack: ambush prey.
3. Capture: subdue and kill prey.
4. Consumption: eat and store to eat later.
5. Defend territory
The business system of the Tiger ties into the overall strategy of the Tiger. So over and over again, the Tiger utilizes its well oiled system to generate profit, well in this case, meat to eat.
It is said that only one out of ten hunt/ attack by the Tiger is successful. Well, this is in line with the law of averages (of marketing/ prospecting for customers). If for every ten, you get one. This means If you do 100, you will get ten. So increase the number of trials to increase your rate of success.
But which system is in place to help you achieve your strategy?
Do you have or even know how to build a system?
Pray tell, what are the elements of your business system?
An effective business system is expected to have the follow elements:
2. Budgeting/ resources management
4. Building a team
5. Customer service
7. Continuous improvement.
If a Tiger needs an effective system to profit, what about you?
Do you need help to set up an effective system?
Holler, I’m at your service.
Olumide Holloway (King Olulu).
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