The political battlefield is about access and power. What you have to consider and ask yourself is am I meeting the right people? Are my competitors meeting the same people or different people? If my competitors are meeting different people which group of people has more power (in terms of making this decision) the people I am meeting or the people the competition are meeting? These questions will tell you whether you or your competitor is winning the Political Battle. There are four logical answers – 1) you are winning, 2) the competitor is winning; 3) neither of you are winning because you both have access to the powerful people or 4) neither of you are meeting with the powerful people. The point is to understand whether you should take an action (meet new people with power) to help you beat the competition.