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Competition and Collaboration: 2 C’s of Success

August 20, 2014

Jesse Bilafer headshotIt’s August, and many of us are enjoying the dwindling days of summer. It’s still a little too early to be thinking about hockey, but it’s never far from my mind, and that’s why I’m thrilled to be able to include some ice and blade in today’s guest post!  Today’s feature is from Jesse Bilafer, an intern with the Customer Experience, Collaboration & Transformation team in our product and technology group. She’s a recent graduate of Endicott College where she majored in psychology. And, she’s a hockey player. How cool is that?

By Jesse Bilafer

In today’s corporate world, competition has reached a noteworthy high: between organizations, within organizations, and between individuals. When kept at a healthy level, this competitive spirit can drive the individual, focus his or her eyes on the prize, and encourage collaboration to achieve collective goals.

BilaferMy own competitive and collaborative nature has developed over the years as a collegiate athlete on the softball field and in the hockey rink, and I wondered how these characteristics would transition to the corporate environment.

On the softball field, I was an infielder. I played my position to the best of my ability and represented one part of the team. Our pitching staff, catchers, and outfielders had different responsibilities than me, but we all shared the collective goal of achieving victory. My teammates knew that combining individual successes with a confidence in each other’s ability was our winning recipe. The last few weeks of my final season included a big W as my team won our conference championship. This feat was only possible because of our ability to build off of one another, and collaborate in a way that ultimately led to a triumphant finish.

I’ve experienced that exact mindset here at Kronos. Having a group of competitive employees united and focused on a common goal is when the workforce will perform exceptionally well. And, just like on my softball team, I always feel like a trusted and reliable member of the Kronos team.

Stepping off the ball field at the end of my career was a tough thing for me to do, but my time at Kronos has proven that the skills, teamwork, and lessons I learned on the infield dirt will be applicable throughout my professional career.

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