spockYesterday I mentioned speaking to another LinkedIn expert and comparing notes.
Well, we did more than speak, we charted a new friendship because we agreed in the course of the conversation on so many things that we observe, applaud, and take exception to in our field.

We had a Mr. Spock-worthy Vulcan “mind meld.”

In comparing thoughts and opinions, we became “coopetors.”

I now cherish a few such relationships with competitors I can truly cooperate with, hence the word coopetition.

We think openly and deeply together. I am selective with whom I share trade secrets.

But in a world of abundant, cheap advice, the dearest advisors-peers-colleagues are especially worth nurturing and holding on to.

Do you have this beneficial relationship with others in your direct field of vision?

Competition is a good thing. Coopetition is far better.