It occurred to me recently that not every professional woman holds the same ideas as myself in regards to competition. Recently, I reached out to a number of professional women who I admired in an effort to build our relationship and to create in collaboration. The response I received from 95% of those women was some variation of “sorry, I don’t want you stealing my clients”. This came to me as a surprise since 1. I was making a sincere effort to connect 2. Our industries were the same, yet our professions not and 3. I don’t believe in competition. After this experience I started thinking about competition and what it can mean to professional women and their well-being; and how re-thinking the idea of competition to collaboration can not only better a career, but also increase our overall well-being.
Let’s take a look at my top 3 benefits for choosing collaboration over competition:
1. No longer having to “watch your back” – Constantly feeling like you are being watched or stalked in your workplace is not conducive to a sense of ease towards growth in your business. When you collaborate with other professionals that complement your work, you can be assured that you are being supported in a way that allows you work freely, more confidently and with less stress and anxiety.
2. Increased exposure to people and groups not previously available to you – Once we’ve established our ideal clients and customers, and find connections within groups and organizations we love; there is only so much marketing you can do to reach those individuals on a consistent basis. By working in collaboration with another professional who complements your work, you will gain access to a fresh new group of people who may be interested in your product or services.
3. Create new ideas for product and services available to your ideal client or customer – You’ve heard the proverb, “two heads are better than one”. Well this is probably the most beneficial reason for combining your efforts in growing your business. There is only so much you can do on your own, and having a trusted partner to collaborate with and bounce ideas off of, can make building your presence and offerings more appealing. Having this support can also allow for more private time that can be used for self-care and other activities.
With these 3 benefits of choosing collaboration over competition, professional women can not only build their businesses and careers more effectively, but can also enjoy life a bit more. So go out and find a collaborative partnership that can benefit both parties, and trust that this mutually beneficial relationship will only help in growing a business you love.