Learn from Your Rivals

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Competing with a work colleague can feel like a waste of time. Why do you care so much about what she does? Why is she obsessing about your accomplishments? But rivalries like these can help answer two important questions:

  • What are my weaknesses? Rivalry is often a form of envy: Your competitor has a trait or skill you (sometimes grudgingly) admire. If you find something incredibly irritating about him, think about whether it’s because you lack the very competency you’re criticizing.
  • Am I thinking big enough? Stalking a rival can unlock breakthrough possibilities for growth. If she is inventing a new product or launching a new initiative, is there something you can do that would have an even bigger impact?

Adapted from “What You Can Learn from Your Professional Rivals” by Dorie Clark.

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StevenKissinger
StevenKissinger

@TIME @timebusiness So I have to add learning from them, while destroying them too?! I think that's asking too much. ;-p

esraliefe
esraliefe like.author.displayName 1 Like

@emre_caliskan. :)))) Viyana da da var miydi arkadaşım fitnelerden hayat dersleri:))