Winning in Collaborative Environments
Competition limits potential when it blocks collaboration.
I love competition. But, I’m wondering about the damage it causes within teams. Don’t expect competitors to collaborate.
Would you help a teammate beat you? What if the winner receives a raise or bonus and you don’t?
Leaders don’t compete against team members. “We” environments leverage diversity. “I/you” environments build protective self-preservation.
Leaders help others win.
The first rule of winning is defining it. Helping others win assumes you know what winning looks like.
Second, helping others win assumes you know what helps.
Build the team by asking two questions:
How can I help you win?
How can you help me win?
Team mates always, unreservedly help each other win.
Make serving observable. Complete these statements with each member of your team.
I help you win when I ….
You help me win when you …
Collaborators help each other win.
How can leaders help others win?
What helps you win?