SNEAK PREVIEW – Partner vs. Predator, or One More Reason to Love Wellesley College


This image will be featured in the finale of our fall series, but in the meantime we were inspired to share this preview.


Look to the left; look to the right.

When I hear these words, I automatically complete the saying. “Look to the left; look to the right. Only one of you is going to make it through.” In very special circumstances these words are simple statement of fact, but let’s face it, most of us are not in Navy SEAL training. Is there really a reason, in all of our other contexts, to spend thousands of dollars to find the perfect new team member, then thousands of hours to train the person, all with the expectation of ultimate failure?  It’s even worse for those who are “welcomed” in such a way:

To win you have to be not only a competitor, but a predator.


In contrast, this past weekend I attended a gathering at my alma mater, Wellesley College. During one session, an alumna reminisced about her arrival on campus, when she was told at Convocation, “Look to the left; look to the right. These women are amazing. They will change your life, and together you will change the world.” Woah!

This does not mean the end of competition; quite the contrary. After all, the root words of competition mean “to strive together.”

Business is not supposed to be an actual battlefield.


I want to live in a place where I can win without others losing.

I want to compete, to strive together towards something worthy of our efforts.

I want to be a competitor, not a predator.

Look to the left; look to the right.

What great things can we do together?


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