Chapter 10 UNHEALTHY COMPETITION: Winners and losers

WHAT’S GOING ON

Healthy competition can be a great motivator, inspiring people to perform at their best, energising them, increasing productivity and creativity, and multiplying the successes of the whole team. Competition that is cooperative sees employees working together to achieve, making the team greater than the sum of its parts.

At its most extreme, however, competition can actually do the opposite. It can give rise to a ‘dog eat dog’ mentality where employees will go to extreme lengths to outdo one another. Unhealthy ...

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