A couple of weeks ago I heard about a group of women We Flock NY packing their bags and setting up shop for a week in NYC. They had planned a number of events and networking meetings as well as making time for some fun!
This week-end I am heading off to the Big Apple as I have long felt the desire to connect more with my American sisters and learn more about how their careers and children go together.
With different legal obligations comes different mindsets and I am curious to see how my insights into the value of the pregnancy mind are received.
I have long worked with many US clients who have relocated to London and have found them to be amongst the biggest supporters of my services. Their exuberant desire to spread the word amongst their closest friends helped the initial growth of my therapy business for which I have always been grateful.
collaboration not competition will yield greater results
Many of the women I support through the pregnancy journey and beyond express their sadness and frustration about the ultra competitive environment they encounter in the corporate world at a time when they don’t feel in the least bit combative and companies I have reached out to collaborate with have struggled to see the mutual benefits and opportunities for growth as they are entrenched in working in a competitive environment and mentality.
It was a breath of fresh air to read When women replace competition with collaboration, great things happen and How to create a ‘Flock’ of your own and I love seeing the positive results gained from women coming together.
In the entrepreneurial community there are many examples of affiliate marketing and joint projects springing up daily. I am a part of the Career Sizzle Summit this week and my day started with a Skype to a fellow speaker about how we can better support each other with this opportunity.
My initial career was in sales and my modus operandi has alway was never to run down the competition but to focus on your strengths and what you bring to the party. Healthy competition can spark the desire to do better and help you clarify your uniqueness which ultimately can allow your clients to have a clearer understanding of what you offer and see if it matches their needs. This can fall down when clients focus in on certain aspects of their needs – price for instance, when achieving a strong level of transformation is actually the overall priority. Collaboration here can come into its own as collectively you can seek to better educate and advise and show a wider range of results rather than seeking to undercut and steal business from others.
Competition I am sure will always exist but I am flying the flag for collaboration and looking forward to making some great new connections when I arrive in Manhattan this week-end.