NOT everyone believes that competition is healthy and useful.
Some people think that it’s not important, that it’s divisive and targets the less able. In schools, sports days have sometimes been geared towards all children “winning” and I can understand that, although I don’t agree.
Competition is constructive. It builds towards a goal and gives individuals something to strive for, to try to attain. Life is competitive – some people will always try to be the best, the most successful, have the best life.
A quick glance at Facebook or Instagram can reveal hordes of competitive types doing just that.
In business, on the ground it usually involves targets, Key Performance Indicators to compare how staff work and achieve. In the board-room, competition is about other similar companies: how they are achieving in comparison and how to do better.
Personally, I like competition both in work and elsewhere. Wanting to do well in your career is not a crime. In fact, it can be the route to management or making your own business a top performer.
How you get there is the most important element, however. Do you gain this at the expense of others? Do you value the input of other members of staff? Are you cut-throat in your business methods? Do you talk down the opposition unfairly?
Personal achievement gained fairly is a great drug in itself. Awards are fuelled by competitive people, in business, in sport or in any hobby or event where you are pitted against others.
Awards feel good. They are a great reflection of hard work and talent and what the marriage of those two brings. They can also be a measure of you as a person and, often, a combination of all those is the kind you really want to be awarded the most.