Competition, against ourselves or against others, is what gets the best results from us.
But so does collaboration.
How does that work?
Let’s reframe the discussion.
Collaboration is a competition — of us against ourselves.
Us being the group — versus ourselves, alone.
To get the best results, we need to push ourselves past the point of ourselves.
We need to combine our internal competitions to let the best of all of us win.
And this is the logic behind diverse and inclusive environments. We against us, the more points of differentiation, the richer the medium in the Petrie dish, the greater the potential outcomes.
From tension, the richness of opinion, and background, amazing things happen.
It is just leveraging the laws of nature to build better outcomes.