The leading teams continue to hold station at the top after Period 7. With bigger movements lower down the ranking, the chasers need to be sharper, and they need to squeeze every advantage to make progress.

The influence of the history has dissipated, and the teams are now in full control of the direction that their company takes. The individual team members need to understand all aspects of the decisions for which they are responsible, but also be prepared to compromise.

Will the leading teams tighten their grip, or will their strategy unravel? With five periods left to go, we look forward to the battles still to come.


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tortoisesThe teams hot off their marks are still striving forward after Period 6, while other teams are rising and falling in the rankings as they develop their strategy. Do you go for slow and steady, or surge to the front, only to falter. This is the question that hangs over the leading teams.

Just 305 points separate the top six with 'Four Strings' from Atkins India hold on to their leading position. 'Venus' from Atkins India rise to second from fifth, 'AECLtd' from Aundun stay at third place, 'Business Gurus' from Atkins India rise to fourth from sixth, 'Standing Ove-tion' from Arup slip to fifth from second and 'ABYUDHAY' from Atkins India slip to sixth from fourth.

With only 311 points then separating the next eleven teams from the leaders, will the tortoises overtake the hares?


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The 31st edition of MERIT is underway. The time spent trialling and debating strategy, now has to pay dividend.

So, can you run a construction company? The leading teams obviously think they can.

Atkins India team 'Four Strings' has edged ahead with a mere 26 point advantage. but there is only 167 points separating the top six. 'Standing Ove-tion', 'AEC Ltd', 'ABYUDHAY', 'VENUS' and 'Business Gurus' and 'Mavericks' are all close behind the leading team, waiting to pounce.

Sometimes, the early strategy is to build a solid business platform, and reach for the top later. Keep an eye on those further down the list, as this ploy may surprise the early leaders later in the game.

Looking forward to next week!


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