I’ve always found collaborating way more effective and enjoyable, and a win-win for everyone involved. Entrepreneurs who bad mouth others to get ahead and continually act out of a position of feeling threatened, are working out of an old mindset. They don’t realize it reflects very poorly on them.
The newer and more effective approach is to collaborate, because each person brings different gifts to the table. There is power in numbers, when creating a group of highly qualified people that produce quality results and move forward together.
There are many benefits of working with collaborators, rather than battling competitors. For example, from which one are you more likely to get a referral? It’s healthier for you mentally and physically to spend your time on positive thinking and strategies, rather than being wrapped up in negative defensiveness.
3 tips for creating a collaborative community:
If you want to rise above all the noise online and in your marketplace, don’t try to copy others. You will bring much more value to the world when you are authentic and flow through your business and your life as yourself. Why rely on someone else’s intuition to take you down your path. Their vision is for their journey. You won’t get to where YOU are supposed to be, by using the directions to someone else’s destination. Trust your own intuition. You have everything you need within you to lead you to your goals.
If you want to stand out in the crowd, you must have a one of a kind message. When you truly differentiate yourself, you don’t have to compete. You are an amazing, vibrant, and smart person with your own unique story to tell, so tell IT. Generate engagement and opportunities. Inspire others, don’t conspire against others. Remember, leaders build up, they don’t tear down. You are not portraying your story accurately, if you are busy tearing down someone else’s story.
If you want to expand your reach, build bridges not walls. Anything and everything can be fixed through communication and collaboration. Assumptions are the best fuel for igniting bridges. Collaboration builds solid foundations, systems, and structures. Nurture flourishing alliances across your network. Create strong joint ventures, not broken junctures. Always strive to be inclusive, not divisive. Perhaps you need to repair some bridges – go for it! Don’t let your fear stop you from some great possibilities on the other side. Repaired and reinforced bridges are often strongest.
Once you have yourself, your message, and your reach in place, then you have a community! I love my team of forward thinking leaders and all the people in my groups who choose collaboration rather than slander. Tsk tsk to those who have chosen that road. You’re not modelling leadership, and everyone can see it. You can’t shine your own light, if you are too busy trying to put out someone else’s. Come on, you’re better than that. Try the new way of doing business.
Encourage a community of collaborators right from the beginning, and you will never have competitors. Some may be tempted to say collaborating is the new “competing,” but just take that mindset out of your strategy all together. Make competing with you a weakness and collaborating with you a strength.
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