New post: I don’t share well with the other kids

From day one as a child we are taught that it is good to share with others. Then we hit adulthood and learn that it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves in the business world.

I for one am the type that believes in not only knowing my competition (internal and external) but knowing them well. Along the lines of keep your enemies close and your friends closer. I do not keep knowledge or prospects close to the vest in order to protect that information. In most environments there is plenty of business to go around along with the opportunity to learn from each other through best practices.

Interestingly enough I learned today that there are site members that are not sharing our service with their counterparts. It would seem that they feel networking through GoGrabLunch is their “secret weapon” and if they share the site with others on their team they will be losing an edge in terms of prospecting. Talk about a dichotomy between a compliment and an issue.

The thing is it’s not like there are not enough new contacts to go around. There are McDonald spaced little more than a mile apart because Ray Kroc knew two things: there is plenty of business to be spread around and competition only makes everyone perform better and therefore be stronger.

Besides, maybe by sharing GoGrabLunch with your teammates they will in turn finally share their “secret weapon” with you.


About Jonathan Patrick connects like-minded business professionals over face to face, one on one appointments based on each member's preferences.

Posted on January 25, 2011, in Networking and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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