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Are We Competing or Collaborating?

PDP Lead Researcher James Vaughan poses the question to coaches: are we competing or are we collaborating? In this article, James discusses the concept of 'water' and its implications on an individual's approach to coaching.

One of the most important questions you can ask as a coach is: Are we competing or are we collaborating?

In fact, it’s one of the most important questions you can ask any group of people intending, attempting or pretending to work together. I'll admit this is a strange statement from someone who’s constantly 'banging on' about the importance of deeply understanding the culture and context before planning interventions or asking questions.

And while I'm not suggesting that this question is a 'silver bullet' or a 'one size fits all' solution, what I'm seeing in my research suggests it's an important place to start for many people in many organisations today. The balance between competition and collaboration shapes our contexts, environments, group dynamics, relationships, intentions, football interactions, who we are and how we think.

The balance between competition and collaboration is a key element of our...

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