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TEAM OF THE MONTH? NO!

 

Competition is healthy in the marketplace, but not in the workplace. Competition can be destructive and demotivating. Most organizations have done away with the old “employee of the month” program, although I do still see those plaques in many restaurants listing the monthly winners. This type of “winner-take-all” concept is not helpful in creating a collaborative environment.

Think about it. When you have one winner, you also create… many losers! And in many organizations, even the drama has been el...

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Innovation takes a team effort—and should be rewarded as such. Understand how a “winner-take-all” approach to rewards can discourage collaboration and short-circuit the creative process.