You don’t always have to let everyone know where you buried your bone, but many times it’s good to share and collaborate with the competition.
Maybe, those you think are your competitors shouldn’t even be considered competition, and just as the critter next door who speaks a foreign language. We can all learn from each other and improve our methods.
If you’re wondering what brought this conversation about, my hubby and I were having a “difference of opinion” about how to handle a situation. I was more like the puppy dog, “let’s play nice,” and his approach was more like a cat, “hiss…” don’t encroach on my territory.
Of course to me, unless your litter is in danger…no need to hiss, and claw, your way through it. I couldn’t see why it couldn’t be left alone.
My hubby pointed out his reasons why the matter needed to be attended to.
So, I guess in the words of that Kenny Rogers’ song…
“You have to know when to hold them. Know when to fold them.”
What does all of this have to do with business?
For a deeper understanding between you and your colleagues,(Learn more here.) it’s important to see things from the other’s perspective, and learn their dialogue, and cue words. These things are great to know for a deeper, more meaningful conversation, and better comprehension. Owners today are conducting business in a global market and we are all becoming interconnected.
We will work with other personalities, and knowing others’ work habits, verbal cues, and personality types, can be beneficial when conducting business.
In a global market there will be times when we are in each others’ back yards. We need to be respectful, courteous and learn the language and habits of our colleagues.
There needs to be a balance, fairness and ethics all around when we collaborate. We need to value all of our worthwhile friendships and collaborations.
So in today’s market are you licking the competition?