After a week full of fun and stress, I came to a subject in which I felt so strongly, that I felt that I had to write about.
Although competition has often driven us to do more, and be more, it can be detrimental when it comes to executing flawless work to consumers.
How does competition suck?
Competition requires you to see those whom you work with as an opponent, not as a colleague. This consequently sabotages the group/corporation as a whole. It happens when you shelter ideas from the view of others. You also end up shying away from insight of others. This can become a problem as your view may be one-sided. Other people may have a different point of view that can help your idea expand.
Your idea, as great as it can be, will be only as good as you can see. Without the help of others, your idea cannot blossom into something bigger than you. Communicating with others is the only way to expand your idea and make it into reality.
Another way in which competition can be costly is when we take these half thought out ideas and implement them. This has the potential to cause a lot of rework, time spent fixing an idea. If more time was spent in development, the idea could have been a great success. Instead, more time and resources are spent cleaning up the aftermath. This can eventually cost the company millions in lost revenue and decrease sales. Productivity drops due to time spent cleaning up what should have been executed correctly in the first place, instead of providing customer service.
Without input from other departments when a new process is implemented, unforeseen problems may occur. They are unable to finish their end in order for job completion if unprepared. Again, this in turn slows production down as the department tries to keep up with the new process. Remember: the company is bigger than the problem.
How can competition work for us?
Being competitive isn’t all that bad, there is some good that comes out of it! It can show others the length of your determination to success. It can provide guidance to showing initiative and strength. Resilience is another word that comes to mind when I think of a successful competitor.
Competing with other companies allows for growth in many ways. The opportunity for improvement is available when we dissect how another was successful and how it failed in the market. This allows some insight, and provides valuable information when we turn back to our own companies. We apply what we’ve learned from analyzing others into our company in order to achieve our overall goal.
Opportunities like this can also provide time to get to know one another and how each of us think. Diversity is the key to any company’s success, and corporations who acknowledge this have seen higher success rates within their profits and sales. Those who work as one within a corporation often are able to ensure that any changes that are implemented are easily transitioned to the rest of the staff. Those who work against each other often become weaker links as they isolate themselves from others around them.
How can we make competition work for us?
So mid way through writing this article, I was about to change the name to reflect the importance of teamwork. It is when reading the article as a whole that you can see why.
Working together to become a greater force against those in the industry that are deemed to be competitors is key. To be frank, it’s the only way a company can really achieve its goals. There may be different departments, and different jobs that groups of people are in charge of, however, the objective should remain the same. That is to bring the company as a whole to greater heights, and achieve higher sales than before.
Because of this shift in focus, you should be able to accept that there are times in which you will fail. However, your team (and yourself) should always vow to help you get back on your feet.
Much to your potential disappointment, you are one portion of your company. There are others that are just as important and talented, maybe even more so than you are. Humble your ego, and allow yourself to think of others and what great contributions they can give in order to increase profit sales, production, and quality of goods or service.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.