It’s an old cliché—no man is an island. It means one person really can’t go it alone and expect any amount of success over the long haul. In the business world, competitiveness is everywhere. Companies trying to one up each other and it doesn’t stop there—competitiveness can creep into teams that are supposed to be on the same side fighting the same professional battles.
Competitive natures can be limiting and when you’re ready to expand the potential in your career, consider embracing collaboration.
Despite all of your training, skills, and experience, you’re not an expert at everything. Consider current projects on your plate and look around your office for experts who can lend their ideas and experience. Collaboration broadens the potential of any project.
What’s vital here is to understand that it’s easy to stand beside everyone you meet, or every business you see, with measuring tape to see how you compare. And you could argue that it’s healthy to think of how you can get a step ahead and stand out from everyone else.
However, applying that mentality to everything you do can be draining, and sometimes detrimental to growth. Instead, let your mind look for opportunities to join forces and do something great.