I was amused when I drove by the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse to see the grocery store catering van parked outside. Was the store picking up steaks and ribs or were they delivering – you couldn’t tell.

Either way, the image indicates a partnership or business exchange with an enterprise that could be considered a competitor. Both serve food and do catering yet they have found a way to have a collaborative relationship that presumably benefits both.

When you look around for those who may help you, don’t discount those who share your market. Playing nice in the same sandbox may benefit everyone.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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