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COLLABORATION AMIDST RIVALRY

Working together in spirit of collaboration is critical, but how?

As a leader of your business, you may have often found a few leaders harbouring extreme rivalry with some of their peers, resulting in poor collaboration, disruptive behaviour and finally impacting business interests. This situation must be spotted as early as possible and tackled with alacrity. The question remains, how can you make two senior, obviously valuable resources, engage with each other effectively when there is animosity and determination to derail the other person. Why don’t you try out the following approach in such a situation?

  1. State your observation and express your extreme dis-satisfaction in undiluted words. Clearly, communicate that such behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.
  2. Speak individually to both person asking them to make conscious effort to sort out differences. Following that, call a joint meeting and ask them to sort it out by reaching certain agreements on rules of engagement.
  3. You are safe if you see both persons making serious efforts to help resolve the situation. However, if you see any one of them is persisting with the same behaviour, it may be good to initiate separation, as it could prove very expensive in due course.

Further reading ://hbr.org/2014/06/managing-two-people-who-hate-each-other

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Pradeep Sen

Pradeep Sen, a Business Leader with vision and a track record of rapid growth, market leadership, turn-around and high performance culture. Read about the author

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