Yoli's World

Monday, March 20, 2006

Collaborating with fellow competitors

The presentation on Friday was about competition, collaboration and coorperation, I must say the presentation was intense and complicated. Most of the terms which were used were Business Economics like, I struggled with Business Economics at high school that is why I didn't persue Business Economics at terriary level. Now imagine me in that presenation, I felt like I was doing an MBA course. I struggled to understand the presentation, but I did get the whole idea of competition, collaboration and coorperation.

I thought that the presentation was going to be about how to handle competion at work level, or how to compete for a position or promotion at work. never did I expect it to be about becoming enterpreneurs or how to compete in a business sense. However, the presentation as a whole was very enlightening, especially when it came to the discussion of clusters. I didn't know that many businesses were located at various places for reasons. I also did not know that it is not complicted to open a business venture that is similar to the one that already exist in the same location, what one needs to know is how to coorperate.

I always wanted to open a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) but, I was put off by the fact that many of them exist almost every where. I didn't think that coorperation could come in handy. All I need now is to come up with an innovative ideas and make my B&B fresh and out of this world.


  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger Roy Blumenthal said…

    Hola Yoliswa...

    Good to see that you're posting.

    Four things that need improvement:

    1. Don't tell us ABOUT THE FACT that someone told you some stuff. Tell us THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS that you took out of the session. It's not informative or interesting to read: 'We heard about becoming entrepreneurs or competing in a busienss sense.'

    Tell us real stuff: 'One of the key points he made about becoming an entrepreneur is blah blah blah yak yak etcetera.' Summarise what you got out of it.

    2. Please fill out your profile. Now. Immediately. It's not acceptable to be anonymous with this tool. If you're not going to give people a sense of who you are, then why are you writing a blog?

    3. Make external links. How often do I need to say this???? If you don't know how to do this, speak to your classmates who do know how to. There are resources around you. Use them.

    4. Your comments posting field only allows blogger users. You need to change it to allow any comments. Speak to Celeste about the details please.

    Blue skies

  • At 1:49 PM, Blogger Lesley Emanuel said…

    Hi Yoliswa

    Be careful not to close a door too quickly. So interesting to hear you want to create and run a B&B, but you sound a bit defeated by the fact that there are many in your area?

    So what? Here's a challenge - think "out of the box" re cooperation. You can lead a whole new approach to how B&Bs work together. You have the academic training for it, go for it!

    And let us know what ideas you come up with.


  • At 9:40 AM, Blogger Duke said…

    Hi Yoliswa

    This is the time to put on your thinking caps because this type of world is very distinct from the academic world. As you have said that you felt like you were doing an MBA course, this is what the world of work is.

    The World of Work teaches you to be multiskilled in order to fit the requirements and be competetive in the post-mordern world of work, where by an employer or an employee need to be knowledgeable about all aspecs of the world of work.

    There are so many dynamics that are involved in the working world and so one needs to be equiped with all the tools that we have been offered by the Graduate World of Work Foundation Internship Programme. this kind of programme has helped us to successfully complete our transition from the academic world to the world of work.



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