Our Corporate Life
January 25, 2011   •   Volume 2, Issue 2   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦  Feature Article: Competition
Ask Amanda: I know I should be out networking to keep myself plugged into my industry but by the end of the day I just want to go home and veg. Any advice?
♦   Practical Tips: Virtual Meetings

It goes without saying (and yet I’m going to) that we live in a hyper-competitive society. We’re taught that everyone should always strive to be the best, to win at all costs regardless of the activity. This type of thinking leads to a very narrow definition of success. It can be exhausting and it teaches us to regard everyone as a potential competitor. Ironically, it also cuts us off from a very important competitive strategy: cooperation.

Sometimes it makes more sense to cooperate with your perceived competition because it allows you both to win more efficiently. At minimum, reaching out to your competition in order to build a connection can help you learn more about what it takes to succeed. You obviously share values, given that you’re both striving for the same goals.
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Thought to Ponder Baby steps lead to great strides.
Practical Tips: Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have many benefits and can also present some unique challenges. To use them to your advantage, consider the following:

If you’re using a webcam, consider the positioning of the camera and what exactly others will see behind you when viewing. Be especially careful if you have items that may be funny to you but could be considered offensive by others. Also, make sure the camera angle is flattering—and that anything confidential is out of sight.
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 ask Amanda

I know I should be out networking to keep myself plugged into my industry but by the end of the day I just want to go home and veg. Any advice? L.S. Chapel Hill, NC

Amanda Mitchell

Most of us work within very lean structures, which results in more work than any of us can reasonably complete within a “normal” day. Responsible employees tend to prioritize the work in front of them and rationalize that doing so will ensure job security. The question is whether it truly is the “right” thing to do—for both yourself and your employer.
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