The Problems & Prospects of Favoritism

12 Jun

 Or “it’s all about how your do it!”  A recent article in the WSJ about favoritism brought to mind the observation that some people can get most things right whereas others can get almost nothing right.  It’s not what they do it’s how they do it.”  The article explore this issue with some sensitivity. However, there is an important omission: Internal competition if a value de-motivator.  When you set people to compete with each other in organizations, especially if the organizations are opaque, the easiest way to win is to  make the other person lose.  The easiest way to make the other person lose is to not share critical information.  Food for thought.

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