Collaborate: 1. To work together, especially in joint intellectual effort.
Competition: 1. The act of competing as for profit or a prize. 2. A test of skill or ability. 3. Rivalry between two or more businesses striving for the same customers and market
Had several meetings with business partners last week. One of the best was with Larry Umphrey, Director of Recreation Centers and Programs at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. I ran into the Assistant Superintendent, J. Nicholas Williams, in between meetings.
I noticed him preparing for a meeting that day. He was dressed in a nice looking suit and beautiful bow tie.
“Bill, please come in. How are things going? Please let me know if you need any assistance from me.”
Being a business owner since 1997 I’ve reflected on many potential successful relationships that could have been successful. Our male egos got in the way! Competition became the focal point and collaboration didn’t have a chance. I’ve learned over the years to seek cooperation and use competition when its appropriate. Competition. Talking trash to my golfing buddies on the first tee box!
As men we are naturally competitive. It’s one of the characteristics that make us who we are.
Our collaboration serves thousands of youth and adults yearly in our computer centers in the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board public parks.
Wouldn’t you agree that knowing when to seek collaboration or when to compete would enhance male and female relationships?
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