Not only do you need your competitors, but you also benefit from working with them as partners.
A definition of a competitor is an individual or organization who you perceive to be in the way of you achieving your objective.
Do you avoid your competitors like the plague?
Do you refer to them as ‘those people’ or ‘that organization’?
Do you go out of your way, spending time, energy and mental resources hoping bad things will happen to them?
Let’s use gymnasts as an example, because they are a unique group of athletes who compete both individually and as a team.
As an individually competing athlete, only one gymnast will win the gold medal. By default, anyone else in the sport is called a ‘competitor’ and is perceived to be a rival who is in the way of achieving the objective.
But what if we change the objective? What if your only objective is o make it to the Olympics? If you make it to the Olympics, are the other athletes still your competitors?
Gymnasts train with their team mates between competitions. They see and experience each other’s strengths and weaknesses. During practice, part of their role is to help their teammates grow and get better. You see them doing stretches together, using each other as weights or resistance, and cheering one another on when they land a complex routine. They cry, they yell, and they celebrate all together. They hate each other, they like each other, and like siblings, they have an amazing bond that lasts a lifetime.
At a competition, they are competitors in individual sports, and collaborators in team sports. They make the switch instantaneously and almost seamlessly.
What’s the real magic? When one of them wins, a part of all of them wins. When a gymnast achieves a goal that pushes the sport to even greater heights, the entire sport grows around the world, and all of the gymnasts win.
Competitors are designed to push human potential to ever greater levels – in athletics and in business.
There is a fine line between competitors and collaborators (enemies and allies), and the line is a shared vision. Find the common vision, and your competitors become your collaborators.
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- Posted by Enette Pauzé
- On July 21, 2016
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