To Collaborate or to Compete

Last week I attended the Belconnen Network Collaborative Practice Forum…. What a mouthful…. However it was a good experience as many organisations came together to discuss collaboration in the community / social sector. The forum got me thinking…. As we discussed the ins and out of collaboration, cooperation and competition in the sector, I thought about how this may apply to other sectors.

At first I thought it is not as relevant to other sectors as in the commercial world there is more a focus on competition. However as I thought about it during the day, I came to realise that cooperation, collaboration and partnerships are actually an important part of successful business. Just think about the way Disney partnered with McDonald’s over happy meals toys. The partnership benefited both Disney in the promotion of movies and also McDonald’s in becoming one of the world’s biggest toy stores.

Through the discussions at the forum a number of examples of collaboration and traits of collaboration were discussed. I thought I would share them with you here. For successful collaboration some of the successful traits were:

  • geographic co-location,
  • personal relationships,
  • mutual benefit, and
  • common purpose.

Though they might not all be needed for success collaboration they all increase the odds for success collaboration. The interesting thing was as collaboration took hold in many cases it created a momentum for greater cooperation which lead to greater outcomes for those involved.

In your industry who do you collaborate with?

In your industry who could and should you collaborate with, but currently do not?

What can you do to build those relationships to increase collaboration?


About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

Posted on Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Collaboration is by far my favorite way to work. How delightful that someone held a forum about this! Thank you for sharing that short list of traits of successful collaborations. And I love your observation that collaboration often creates momentum and additional opportunities that expand the work and benefit everyone involved. It’s that kind of generative capacity that makes collaboration so workable, in my mind.

  2. I love the conception you wrote about and am actually starting to apply it to my life. Now that I’ve lost 50 lbs and did two bodybuilding competitions, I’ve decided to become a personal trainer and fitness blogger. This has led to some great collaborations. I was able to barter with a retired teacher – training for tutoring my kids and one with a salon – treatments for blogging about the spa.


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