Title

What are Three Questions that Turn Competition into Collaboration?

Document Type

Contribution to Books

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Abstract

As in sports, so in nursing. Competition can enliven and strengthen. Or it can splinter colleague-friendships, steal joy, and leave those involved fallen by the wayside or limping to a finish line where there are no winners. Three competitive and hard-working nurse presenters and authors, Kathy, Cindy, and Susan (we), process issues and collaborate on groundbreaking projects that in many other groups might cause rivalry and conflict. After trekking into the unexplored, relational terrain of partnerships, we discovered that the secret for keeping our connection cosmic is three little words-yours, mine, and ours. If you yearn to share what you do in ways that invigorate rather than alienate your collaborators, this chapter shows how these words can galvanize your relationships with colleague-friends.