Would you help your competition?

February 17, 2013 — 9 Comments

It sounds good to say things like,

I love to help other people.  Giving is one of my favorite things to do.

Todd Liles and Kenny Chapman

Todd Liles and Kenny Chapman

But, when the rubber hits the road, how many people actually do it?  How may people would actually help their own competition?

I think people are selective when it comes to their help.  And that most people are more geared to their own self interests.  I fall into the category of most people.

However, I’m working on changing.  I took a very big step last Thursday.  I had the opportunity to give help to a person whose business is a competitor.

We were both speaking at a convention for Residential Contractors.  We are also both trainers.  On Thursday, he was giving a keynote presentation.  I had given mine on Tuesday.

I recorded my presentation with my sound gear.  The gear is fairly costly.  And, I know a lot of presenters that don’t capture their presentations.  It is good to capture these moments for reflection, and distribution.  You can listen to my presentation HERE. 

In my heart, I knew it would be the right thing to offer Kenny to record his presentation.  He accepted.  And, honestly.  He nailed it.  He did a great job laying down fundamental truths.

His presentation will now serve in a couple of ways:

  1. Beliefs:  It will be a highlight of his beliefs.
  2. Help:  This will serve those who couldn’t make it to the presentation
  3. Correct:  He can make adjustments.

In addition to the above items, offering the help also did a couple of other things:

  1. Relationship Builder:  It strengthened the trust between Kenny and I.
  2. Fear Remover:  It was an opportunity for me to Punch a Fear in the Face.
  3. Door Opener:  There will be joined adventures for Kenny and I in the future.
  4. Podcast Material:  His presentation will make an awesome podcast on my company site.

Offering to record Kenny’s presentation wasn’t necessary.  He didn’t ask me to do it.  And, there was no immediate benefit in it for me.  But, I knew in my heart that helping Kenny was the right thing to do.

Question:  Have you ever helped your competition?

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  • Gene Slade Jr

    Todd, I had a competitor help me in a major way with an irate customer. I asked for the help and they came through. Changed me… Congrats on being one of the few! Loved the Punch Fear in The Face! I’m going to steal that one!

    • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

      Gene, that is really awesome that you asked for help, and took the leap. I have had to face some of my fears because I had no choice. It makes you better, if you let it.

  • http://www.mondayisgood.com/ Tom Dixon

    I think networking is all about helping others (at least successful networking is) and I don’t think you can draw the line at only helping those who aren’t a potential threat to you. Easy to say – glad to see you DOING IT!

    • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

      I’ve not done it in the past. Really working on being a better person and example.

  • http://www.facebook.com/myladydonna Donna Jackson


    I listened to the podcast on Punch Fear In the Face and it was awesome and so true! Joe said you sounded like a preacher. It was awesome. I think the largest fear that we face each day is who we see in the mirror each morning. I have had to face so many obstacles in my life, to I feel like I am a pro at punching fear, but there is always another one lined up to face. We just need a good fist with a great punching bag!!!!!!
    your greatest fan
    mom 02-17-2013

    • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

      You are a pro at Punching Fear in the Face! Love you mom!

  • http://CorporateCultureRevolution.com/ Bob Winchester

    Good for you Todd! You made the smart move here!

    For several years I worked as the U.S. Liaison for a medium size Cooperative; close to 100 individual companies. My main job was to get members of the coop to actually cooperate. Even though everyone knew there was good to be had by opening up their businesses to the group, a good portion of them held back and refused to fully participate. They wanted to just watch others to see what happened.

    The funny thing was that the ones that opened themselves up the most, often got the most out of the experience. By opening their businesses to their competitors they received questions which led to discussion of best practices, sharing of resources, relationship building, new customers, and much more.

    If your business is special, then it will stay special no matter who tries to copy it.

    Great story! Great work!

    • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

      Bob – great point! People can’t copy your heart and purpose. But they can adopt it.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    I believe helping our competition can assist in moving both business forward. Great post Todd!