Are You Licking the Competition?

In business, are you licking the competition?Are you lickiing the competition?

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.Are you licking the competition

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?

 

BG Jenkins

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BG is a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 3, and a former realtor living in South Texas. Her current ventures are in the area of affiliate marketing, writing, and spending time with her family.

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BG is a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 3, and a former realtor living in South Texas. Her current ventures are in the area of affiliate marketing, writing, and spending time with her family.

2 thoughts on “Are You Licking the Competition?”

  1. hi BG
    I don’t think that it is about hissing or licking. It’s about learning to communicate in someone else’s language.

    Over the last few months, I have been interacting with far more American English speakers than I have ever done before, and it has really become apparent the difference in the use of language, and how it reflects the different in perception. What is ‘hissing’ to one person, may be ‘licking’ in another person’s vocabulary. And that’s just English! Consider what it is like if English is not your first language!

    I think that the best way forward is to be a clear as you possibly can be, and trust that your intentions are transmitted.

    many thanks for your thought provoking post.
    Susan

    1. Hi Susan…I was just trying to point out that we all see through different eyes. Using the dog and cat analogy to try to make that point. Thanks for you input. You’re, of course, absolutely right.

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