One interesting set of questions revolve around the skill-sets necessary for running a business/managing a career.
The highest-paid, and, most-trusted. engineers at IBM were the Sales Engineers. Engineers who had the soft skills to be able to talk with customers successfully.
These Roles/Jobs were in high demand, as they paid extremely well, but the skills were not easy to develop in a competitive corporate environment.
In that environment, the primary local competitors for the limited number of jobs, are the people around you. The colleagues that you work with every day.
So skill-sharing is a habit that few people in those environments practise.
When you are a member of a co-op, you own the business, so you have to behave like a business owner.
This means acting for the optimum long-term good of the business, all of the time.
It is in your long-term interests that the colleagues that you work with, are as skilled as possible, so your business is as resilient as possible.
Skill-sharing becomes an obvious move, as the more-skilled your co-owners are, the better the work that you can all do, and the more profitable your business will be.
Add in the fact that you personally retain more of the profits from the work that you do, and it becomes the better option…