Teamwork in Competition

I’ve never been a fan of competitions, I don’t like when there are losers.  It’s funny that I’m OK in many ways with failure, but not with losing.  I know it’s not realistic to think that it’s possible for everyone to win all the time, but I think more victories are possible for everyone than we’re currently having.  One of the things that needs to change is how things are approached.  Today we’re going to talk about the transformation that choosing the teamwork approach can make for businesses today.

It’s not easy being a Mets fan, but for some reason I stick around season after season.  This week I heard a statement about their approach to the game that explained one of the reasons why they were not winning: it’s because they’re playing not to lose.  You may think that’s a good thing, but it’s not the right attitude or approach to the game.  The focus should be on playing to win, not playing not to lose. It sounds like such a stupid difference but it’s an important one.  If your focus day in and day out in your business not losing more customers or not going into bankruptcy or not wasting money you won’t be successful.  Instead you should be focusing on how you can help more customers.

I understand that one business cannot run an entire niche and do it really well, there’s a reason that there’s more than one business in each niche, take the airlines for example.  Not only is it a question of location, but also the sheer manpower that would be necessary to try to run all of the world’s airplanes successfully by yourself and it’s good for people to have options and choose what works for them.

What I don’t understand are those who feel they have to be everything for everyone.  It’s when we try to be perfect that things often fall apart.  Instead of being perfect if we chose to work as a team there would be fewer errors, more happy customers, better opportunities for all of us, and better potential for the future because instead of having to do things that aren’t in our best interest or that we’re totally comfortable with we’d know that others were there to pick up the slack.

“Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration, as we need an entire army of companies to work together to build a better world within the next few decades. This means corporations must embrace the benefits of cooperating with one another.” Simon Mainwaring

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