Competition vs. Cooperation
posted on January 21, 2010
By James T. Closson, Ph.D.
We all know that competition is the American way. Most businesses and organizations encourage competition among employees. Company stakeholders believe it keeps people sharp and helps increase the bottom line.
Companies hand out kudos, awards, bonuses, trophies, trips, and even promotions. Often times this pits one manager against another. Envy, even jealousy can ensue. Sometimes managers and their teams or departments even become combative. In our western culture, we are encouraged to compete, but we are forced to cooperate.
Cooperation should not be forced. Rather, cooperation should be the rule. Managers should create cooperative environments. The cooperation model may be more difficult to implement. It requires a different mindset, a distinct environment and collaborative communication.
Using a strong cooperative model, a good manager can position team members in an optimal situation to succeed. Therefore, a good manager is working for his subordinates.
Some competitiveness is good, but in an atmosphere of cooperation. The culture of the organization is the key to this healthy balance.
Author: Brad Closson