Coopetition is a current business buzzword. A hybrid phrase fashioned from cooperation and competition. But the concept is not so new.
This modern buzzword is credited with the accessible virtues of openness and transparency. Two essential elements of genuine Willing Cooperation. Essential elements frequently missing or abused when attempting cooperative alliances in the past. In the misguided attitude that deception equals lasting commercial advantage.
In the business world, coopetition is the practice of participants receptively sharing resources and expertise while at the same time competing with each other for market share.
The practical progress of this practice is of much interest to this Philosophy of Personal Development.
Once participants in this sharing manner of interaction experience the many material benefits, and personal satisfaction, to be derived from up front dealings and conclude first hand that Trust, Honesty, and Integrity out gun deception and selfish advantage seeking activities, willing cooperation will be seen in a new favorable light.
An economy where in only the best products and services are produced in the most economical manner.
Best meaning prime quality. And the most suitable for purpose.
A most economical manner includes taking into consideration demands on our environmental resources. And the avoidance of a deleterious impact on this literal source of our sustenance.
Environmental destruction equates to unrecoverable costs.
In this process, the best product, as indicated above, would be thoroughly developed before being released for purchase to consumers.
Function taking precedence over bells and whistles that simply increase the possibility of bugs that interfere with utility. A condition that alienates users, is embarrassing, and difficult indeed to successfully recover from.
Alleviating chronic physical and mental stresses and demands placed
on the Human beings involved in the processes of concept to
market would be a priority. Freeing their energies to be used in more
Last but not least, recycling or refurbishment at the finish of a commodity's life-cycle.
All attained via Willing Cooperation and Creative Collaboration. And genuine sharing. Amassing profits and satisfaction for everyone.
The benefits from this activity of doing the right thing in the right way for the right reasons, are distributed equitably. Effort merits reward. Greed and selfishness simply do not exist.
The cool result is satisfaction and contentment. Happy, Good Human Beings leading lives of fulfillment.
A probable bonus could materialize in the form of healthy longevity.
The deepest understanding of Natural Law by every participant is a prerequisite to attain a status quo of Creative Collaboration.
Without this deep understanding Human relations will vacillate between collusion, (evil cooperation) and genuine sharing cooperative efforts that benefits all, but are doomed to failure for lack of this very understanding.
This deepest understanding is acquired by immersing oneself in the philosophy of Personal Development as a lifestyle.
There is no substitute for always doing the right thing. If an individual is not intrinsically ethical then legislation and other methods to force his or her compliance are simply part of a cat and mouse game. There will always be a fall guy for the dishonest to prey on.
We saw this phenomenon of coopetition on a large scale towards the end of the second world war. Between Russia and the Western Allies. Coopetition between these two forces ended the war with Germany and her allies, in favor of the West and Russia.
Following the division of war spoil which impacted the lives of many millions, these two powers returned to their respective Philosophies. Both entities practiced one-upmanship and brinkmanship. Ignoring the lessons the recent violence and destruction they were engaged in, had to offer.
Russia bastardizing the philosophy of Communism, plunging Eastern Europe into the same pitch blackness of violent terror and mistrust that Russia had inflicted upon itself since the introduction of communism a quarter of a century earlier.
The West continuing it's flawed interpretation of the doctrine of Capitalism. Permitting and condoning abuse of this system of Reward For Effort, to the point where the abusers have today submerged the world into economic chaos.
In a cold war of fearfulness, both Philosophies subjected this Planet and it's inhabitants to the knife-edge balanced threat of Nuclear annihilation.
The same deficiency of comprehension of Natural Law, in relation to Humans behavior, that led to this bewildering political dilemma, is quite evident in our current sorry state of affairs.
Contrast this widespread lack of comprehension of Human Nature with our lucid understanding of Physics in relation to Technology.
We can build machines of all description, that work almost flawlessly.
Because we accept and comply with the Laws of Nature that allow machines to work.
When we approach Human Nature such an understanding is generally lacking.
We cling to the belief that we are free to force our will upon each other.
Herein is the lesson that simply must be taken to heart for Coopetition to be be of any benefit but fleeting.
As evidenced by all of History, recent or ancient, the price we pay for such a belief is exorbitant. And unconscionable.
The economic and political messes we find ourselves in today have come to pass because of the aggressive, adversarial, confrontational, and or, incompetent thinking styles of the men and women we have allowed to lead us.
Coopetition does not hold the answers to our distress, economic or otherwise. But implemented with a sound understanding that there is more to genuine cooperation than meets the eye, and we are prepared to stake our future on these principles that enable us to be, foremost, Good Humans, then coopetition will be an important, workable, first step on the road to economic recovery.
Coopetition Could Rock!
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