Season 3 Episode 11: Leadership Lesson: Mindset: Compete vs. Competition

Mindset: Compete vs. Competition
Mindset: Compete vs. Competition

Every great leader, team, and organization brings a winning mindset focused on their mission to work with them each day. The elite teams understand the balance between scouting the competition and committing to the process with their people to learn how to authentically compete.

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1:14 – Jason introduces the podcast. Welcome back to the podcast and thank you for listening. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. This podcast is about positive momentum and positive solutions.

2:50 – Today we are talking about the difference between competing and competition. Who is the greatest competitor of all time? Let us know your thoughts below or on social media.

4:00 – A discussion of scouting and the market dynamics involving competition. What is their personnel? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How are they competing in the game? It could be in the business world. It could be Apple or Google or Airbnb or Applebee’s whomever.

The best are absolutely aware of the competition but don’t become fixated of them. Mindset matters.

8:39 – The companies that are fixated on the competition are the ones that lose sight and focus within their own organization. What does it mean to compete as us and what we are trying to serve in this market? What are we going to do uniquely and better than anyone? Don’t get lost starring at others.

9:50 – The elite competitors are the ones that spend most of their time not focused on the competition but instead on how their team is going to compete. Do we have the right players in the right positions? How are we investing of the culture of what we do and how we do it?

How are we uniquely going to be us? Those are the teams that attract talent.

11:30 – How does your top talent fit in to serve the needs of that market? Competing is more important than what the competition is doing. It is about how they show up and what it means to compete each day vs fixate on the competition.

12:30 – Some top questions are discussed. These are very important to answer yourself.

How is our team committed to playing? What is our vision, our philosophy for success? How do we need to practice and develop ourselves with others?

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What are the unique strengths of your team?
  2. Is everyone on that team clear on the vision and the strategy for how your team will compete?
  3. What ways can you build and strengthen your team moving forward?

Remember, the best teams practice how to compete and become their very best, then they also are aware of the competition but it starts with how are they going to compete first.

If you like the podcast, have a question, or just want to share your thoughts for about daring to begin please leave a comment below or please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.


Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

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