- Posted by Janet Zaretsky
- On June 19, 2017
- 0 Comments
One of the issues that most business people deal with is how to grow, not just in a predictable, steady way but in leaps. Who doesn’t want that, right?! Whether you work in a company, small or large, or are an independent entrepreneur, growth is what we are all out to accomplish.
There are tons of courses, and workshops to teach you tricks and new techniques and ways to grow. Some of those are extremely valuable and I highly recommend taking courses, reading, developing new techniques and skills and employing whatever you need to cause your success.
I think one of the most important assets we can all employ is a “Everyone Wins” way of operating. This is counter-intuitive for most of us, as we have been ‘raised’ in a culture where there are hierarchies and the goal is always to get to the top. However, consider what the authors in this article on the Ladders said: “When people think about the corporate ladder, they think that the way to get ahead is to step on whomever you need to step on. But that’s not how we advance. The way we ascend is by making each other look good. We pull each other up.”
I find this holds true in entrepreneurial endeavors as well as corporations. We are always trying to best the other gal/guy. I don’t want you to think I don’t want you to remain competitive and that drive to be the best is wrong. Not at all. I love competition. I love the drive. I appreciate the drive and the willingness to be creative and accomplished. That is not what I am speaking to.
I am speaking to a phenomenon of celebration of each person’s contribution and celebrating other’s accomplishments as proudly as you do your own. Imagine, if you will, that everyone was celebrating your accomplishments with vigor. If that were the case- we all celebrate all the wins, we would be more likely to share what we know and discover. That would have the potential to expand what is possible in the world. If we gave up trying to ‘best’ someone by holding information close to the vest because of some threat that we might lose, we would be more likely to act collectively. A collective of brilliance is much more likely to breakthrough previously held standards and ideas than that of one mind.
If we, as a collective, started sharing information, were committed to “making each other look good” and “pulling each other up” what we could accomplish. Imagine the phenomenal growth of your business or the growth of your career if you were not alone. You and we could leverage the best asset in the world and we all would win.
Try it out and let me know how that goes.