Competitive Versus Collaborative – Which Do You Need To Grow Your Business?

I am always curious about what individuals need to work at their best in a group and the decision making process they go through deciding whether to speak or not. What I have come to believe with every fibre in my body is that competitiveness may work for sports and yet for society the only way forward is collaboration.  With this thought in mind this video provides some interesting information to support that thinking.

Why it is time to forget the pecking order at work?

What about you? What are your thoughts about competitiveness versus collaboration?

If you get that it makes sense to develop collaborative groups/teams/relationships the question is how?

How do you motivate and manage individuals to be collaborative?

How do you encourage them to be better without competing with each other?

I believe the answer is the way you listen. When you listen and ask questions that honour everyone’s opinion and view point you give the group the opportunity to self organise.

And that can start with you today.

About the Author – Sheryl Andrews – The Strength and Solution Detective

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Sheryl Andrews, Founder of Step by Step Listening, is well known for her fast speaking and her passion to make things happen. But what many of you may not know is that in private behind closed doors she was also no stranger to challenging conversations, lapses in self belief and an overwhelming sense of not being good enough. Sheryl use to find it difficult to speak up and have her needs met despite the fact she could and would encourage everyone else to do exactly that. A series of 3 events in her personal life forced her to stop and learn how to take her own advice.

Today, Sheryl loves resourcing you to you to do more of what you love, delegate what you don’t and ditch the critic that says you can’t.

Sheryl openly shares an easy to adopt communication tool kit that will transform the way you think and train others to listen. Sheryl will be your strength and solution detective until you have fully trained your inner critic and those around you, to listen in a way that motivates and inspires you to be the best you can be.

Fancy a virtual coffee and chat, then please feel free to book a complimentary clarity and confidence session or check out the “How to do, delegate and ditch with confidence” free webinar.

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how to have more fun in businessWhat was happening just before you decided to work with step by step listening?

My 18 year old son had dropped out of life and although work was going well it was slow.

Which sessions have you experienced?

I attended one to one’s for about 18 months via telephone which were a welcome chance to take time out for me, to explore my thoughts and work out what I needed to do now for my business/family/myself. They allowed me to gain clarity, confidence and insight.

I also attended Power Groups by phone which allowed me to work on my stuff in my own space and it was great to hear that everyone had something that worries them. It was useful to listen to the process of understanding, whilst working through my own thoughts.

Motivate manage and mentor was a great opportunity to learn how to help others help themselves. It was great to have the chance to practice asking solution and strength focused questions with others to gain understanding of their use and power.

What happened? What were the results of the sessions?

At work: 
I have confidence that the methods that have helped me be successful for 11 years are the right ones for me and that I don’t need to change to be like others.  I have also seen areas that I have maybe neglected and have seen the benefit in working on those.  Within 2 months I had 3 more leaders in my personal team and was much closer to my business goal.
At home: 
I have looked at what my son needs to grow and what I can do to aid that.  Letting go has been hard and emotional; but the results have been amazing –  almost immediately the atmosphere at home softened and my son will now eat and chat with us, join us at family events, ask for guidance or help and has started to take more responsibility.
I am much more relaxed – this was actually pointed out to me by a good friend who at that time didn’t know I had been taking part in one to one sessions, but has now done some training herself! I do feel that I can let things go without feeling responsible for everyone else’s life!

If you were to recommend this programme to a friend what would you say to them:

I have recommended this programme to many friends who have taken my advice and signed up.  I say to them that “it is time for you to explore your own solutions, no-one dictating to you what you can and can’t do – but finding out for yourself by hearing your own words and exploring what your words mean to you”.



How To Train Your Family To Support You?

how to improve your listening skillsShirin is an up and coming pop star that has been working with Step by Step Listening since July 2013.  Shirin is very focused on her dream and works with us to plan various tours and album releases. This video is just before her Asia tour in the summer of 2014. Like like all business owners she knew she had to keep herself motivated no matter what happens and like many businesses the music industry can be an emotional rollercoaster. With this in mind she started working with us to give her clarity and to maintain her confidence to make it happen.  Continue reading How To Train Your Family To Support You?