Competition vs Collaboration

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Competition vs Collaboration

Compete or collaborate, which is better to achieve your business goals? The answer: both. Each have positive qualities that can be used to create new pathways for all. It’s really about focusing on a clear goal and outcome that creates benefits for all. We have seen the beauty of this model over and over in many ways:

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
Walt Disney

  • Twitter – a voice to change the world
  • Etsy – an artisans bazaar
  • Paypal- a bank for the internet
  • Wikipedia – knowledge for the masses
  • Coursera – education for the curious
  • Uber – an innovative way to travel
  • The iPod – music for the masses
  • PC – personal computing and communication
  • IndieGoGo – funding for the creative
  • Starbucks – coffee and community
  • Agile Method – faster and better development
  • Skype – global communications
  • Velcro – sealing the world together in a more flexible way
  • Whole foods – healthy choices and outlet of better alternatives
  • Lulu – publishing for all
  • Zappos – fun and easy shopping
  • Mini – experience and play

“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.”
Elbert Hubbard

I am confident there are thousands of more that have been built in the light of collaboration and/or competition. The goal is really to be clear on the outcome and to ignite others to bring their personal best. When this happens, we have an uncommon synergy that produces amazing results.

Collaboration or competition? They both work. Learn to trust your process and engage with both.