Living by comparison is fatal vision, for always there will
be those who appear better off and worse off than ourselves
at any given moment in time.
In truth, there is no such distinction as superior and
subordinate. We all have unique talents that will blossom
and flourish when nurtured.
In past decades, there was a more “look out for number one”
and “don’t bring in people who might want your job” style of
leadership. You generally would hire those people who would
do as they were told and who wouldn’t challenge your ideas
or authority. This type of thinking led to bulging
bureaucracies and mediocre middle management that
This mind-set also created a scarcity mentality that there
wasn’t enough to go around: so don’t share ideas, don’t
brainstorm with others who might steal your concepts, and
above all, don’t help your coworkers or employees succeed.
We have seen that this approach clearly will not work in the
global marketplace of the knowledge age.
Today the challenge is to establish networks, strategic
alliances, synergistic relationships, and ad hoc teams to
solve problems and help everyone accomplish their goals. You
now look for those people who are not satisfied with the
status quo, who are striving for excellence and have talents
and abilities that you don’t.
This requires that you “check your ego at the door” and that
you don’t get intimidated by others who may have different
talents or strengths than you do. This is what synergy is
all about. As we value the differences and look at truly
working together, one plus one really can equal three or
This week, focus on “working with others” rather than
“competing against others.”
– Denis Waitley