We’re surrounded by it every waking moment. Football, golf, basketball and hockey are in season, and the Winter Olympics are just around the corner.
We have no shortage of sports competitions to watch. The calendar is just weeks away from flipping over to 2014, and that means many companies are ending their fiscal years. We have no shortage of competition to reach year-end goals and quotas. Retailers are competing for our holiday shopping dollars. We have no shortage of options of where to spend our money.
In the right context, such as when it is between teams or organizations that desire opposite and mutually exclusive outcomes, competition is good. In the wrong context, such as when all participants should be reaching for the same goals, like within a work group or company, within a family, or between two people in a relationship, competition will prevent them from achieving as much as they can when they cooperate and collaborate.