3 Reasons Collaboration Works Over Competition


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Laura Paisley Beck

Freelance Content Creator

Dealing with jealousy or comparison syndrome, constantly measuring yourself to others in an unhealthy way? Catch yourself reacting to colleagues instead of proactively supporting them? Believe me, there is a better way. Let’s reframe negative mindsets for a more successful and healthy life. Here are three reasons collaboration prevails over competition.

Feel (and look) Fabulous Instead of Fearful

Unhealthy competition. Yuck! Prolonged stress and anxiety triggers premature aging, inside and out. I know. Once I broke out in hives for weeks. Cause? PTSD. I also experienced office cultures where salespeople were pitted against each other to bully big performance. People ritually lost sleep, cried in the bathroom, drank heavily, and got ugly. 

Collaborative success feels like vitamins for your heart. As a freelance content creator on creative teams, I love how collaboration builds confidence, happiness and optimism, and therefore good health. We wear happiness well. I’m healthier now than I was a decade ago, swapping high cortisol levels for serotonin and oxytocin. It shows. Let’s face it, skin glows and hearts shine when life is awesome.

Up Your Communication Game

Have you ever noticed how unhealthy competition turns smart people into primal neanderthals? Has a jealous professional wasted precious time trying to manipulate or shame you? It doesn’t take a genius to read that as aggressive language trash that doesn’t help anyone move forward.

Collaboration, however, requires excellent communication skills, which improve with experience and support. In order for the collective to succeed, collaborators craft productive questions, practice active-listening, and respond with thoughtful supportive language. It’s amazing how communication skills improve when creative professionals believe in working together, especially when for the greater good. Everyone improves with more collaboration. Take it from Collaboration Coach, Gregg Potter, Founder of Project Kinect.

Creativity vs. Destruction

Do you know someone who is constantly stressed and judging everyone harshly while trying to do absolutely everything by themselves? Stubborn pride in combination with a competitor’s mindset is destructive to everyone around them, including themselves. In addition, rankings and comparisons breed judgements and hostility, destroying any chance for inclusivity and equity.

Collaborative business people share ideas rather than steal them and encourage growth rather than “beat” the competition. The fun part about collaboration is allowing each participant to excel at what they do best, and that relieves a lot of pressure. When creative coworkers and colleagues feel collaborative and inclusive, everyone shares each win and success story. Together, trust builds and ideas grow with every contribution.

Feeling a growth spurt coming on? Let’s collaborate on incredible projects with inspirational team players. Sparking ideas? Oooo, let’s work together!

About Laura Paisley Beck
Laura Paisley Beck of Wa'am Writes, LLC wears poppy red and leans into her hand.

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Laura Paisley Beck sharpened her copywriting skills as a serial entrepreneur and corporate trained salesperson for decades. Her sales and business experience + writing skills = copywriting super powers to help uplift businesses and organizations she believes in. She started Wa’am Writes, LLC to finally live out a happy, healthy, comfortable life as a writer. When she is not writing and networking, Laura enjoys long walks with Janis Pup, dancing, cooking, silent sports outdoors, seeking Wow (Woods or Water) and dreaming of digital nomad life in Portugal. Want a colorful, experienced, successful writer for your content? Schedule time with Laura Paisley Beck today!

Hidden Track: Face the Hauntings and Heal

Still don’t believe in unhealthy competition? One day a past coworker called a year after we worked together. We were both highly motivated salespeople and they were facing adversity.

“Laura, I called to apologize for treating you so terribly. This guilt is unbearable. Will you ever forgive me?”

The relief in their voice when I forgave them! They stammered and asked how I could forgive them so easily. I said I didn’t blame them, it was the constant pressure in a toxic environment that bred unhealthy competition within the team. Imagine carrying that guilt any longer. Instead, life can be so beautiful.