Friday, June 4, 2010

Needed today: Competitiveness

We live in a world of "Participation Awards." Our children are given plaques for showing up at games. Every child is handed a trophy at the end of the Little League or soccer season for their participation. Everyone plays regardless of talent or interest.

Many businesses still run that way. But unlike children's sports, businesses are based on competitions that quite often are won or lost. There is no reward for participating in that bid you lost. That project you lost will not pay your salary or others' salaries.

In business, we are not "in this together" with our competitors, and everybody doesn't "get their share of the pie." Quite simply, there are winners and there are losers.

There are great performers dedicated to achieving and there are slackers along for the ride. Business is not a kid's game.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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