Train Your Competitors

it struck me as soon as Marc said it: an accusation levelled to him on the success of his training efforts. “Aren’t you just training your competitors?

Compete or Collaborate?

The accuser was right to ask, but wrong in the foundation of their question. Right that you are training them, but wrong to think it’s for the competition. Training people to be excellent may help them to get an excellent job, but before they leave, you have the benefit of their expertise, as they learn, you get the benefit of their shared wisdom, and once they eventually move on, they remain in your community and you get the benefit of hearing what else they are learning and what you may learn from that. In other words: it’s an investment. And it’s the right thing to do.

If we don’t strive for excellence, what are we striving for? Instead of asking whether it’s right to empower people, we should be worrying about how wrong it is to neglect them.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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4 Responses to Train Your Competitors

  1. Reblogged this on Just a writer or a thought producer! and commented:
    This is a theory that sometimes gets into practice.

  2. I’ve noticed something happening on a recent start-up venture I’m assisting with. We placed search tags at the bottom of each on-line add. Now all his competitors are doing the same thing.

  3. I like this metaphor : when you share a flame you light up another candle, you lose nothing but end up with twice as much light! Thanks Julian….again!

  4. nick135 says:

    This is something I have focused on over the last few years when interacting with other trainers and individuals – the more good there is out there the better the experience and results for all 🙂
    Good last line to remind us what we are striving for …. helping people to be excellent

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