Collaborative competition inspires. Seeing “them” inspires “us.” Competition makes work fun. Unless, it doesn’t. Stay on the right side of trash talk. Create collaborative competition to inspire your team.
A New York State of Mind
I ran a 2000 person sales team so did the guys in New York. They were the “ones to catch” on some metrics. In others we led the way. We studied their playbook. They studied ours. We both sent “spies” to learn more. We left voice mails talking trash. My cellphone rang tunes of “New York State of Mind” and “I love New York” reminding every one of the competition.
Of course, the vision was bigger. Competition was play. We traded “players.” Benchmarking became a game. Both teams grew. The bar rose. Both teams achieved. Work was fun.
- finds fun
- sparks creativity
- creates stress
Creating Collaborative Competition
“”If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.”~unknown
Leverage competition to drive collaboration. Make collaboration a competitive game.
- Align intent
- Share playbooks
- Mandate sportsmanship
- Speak well
- Talk a little trash
- Keep a scoreboard
- Celebrate small victories