After losing a doubles tennis match I got a text from one of our opponents, Iris

“Hi Patty,” Iris’ text read. “I just wanted to tell you I thought you played amazing yesterday!”

Wow. When does your opponent ever go out of their way to tell you something like that? It was such a nice message to receive.

“Thanks, Iris,” I wrote back. “Congratulations on your win and good luck at sectionals!”

A week later, I ran into Iris out and about. “Patty, you were awesome last week,” she said again. “I told my partner, we can’t play Patty, you can’t hit the ball to Patty because it’s going to come right back.”

It was funny—I had noticed they were targeting my partner more and not playing me as much. I took what she said as a compliment and it got me thinking:

We talk about competing a lot, but they were collaborating to compete.

Iris and her partner had a plan. They collaborated to figure out a plan to compete at a higher level.

It’s not an “or,” it’s an “and”: you can collaborate and compete. And you can do that in your business.

(In case you like numbers to back up the benefits of collaboration: Deloitte’s international study revealed that workplace collaboration can save companies thousands of dollars per employee, and data from Frost & Sullivan shows that teamwork and collaborative efforts can boost company sales by 27%.)

As a business owner, the beauty is that you don’t have to choose to collaborate or compete. It’s not a mutually exclusive choice. I say: combine them and use them to your advantage.

What does that look like?

For a business owner, that could look like strategic partnerships, alliances, and/or any kind of team-based solutions to internal or client problems. How can you use more team-based solutions to serve up a win for your client?

Get more wins for your clients and for your team. Leverage the many possibilities available by recognizing that we are stronger and can offer more comprehensive, holistic solutions when we collaborate. It’s a win for everyone all around.

And that’s a “hell yes” in my book!

TurboExecs can be a valuable collaboration partner. We can help you uncover the narrative within your data, enabling informed, data-driven decisions that propel your business forward.

Feel confident in your team and financial resources for sustainable and profitable growth. Reach out here to learn more.

 

 

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