In the world of work, bond traders and derivatives sellers push ever-riskier products onto unsuspecting customers, themselves eager to pay for a lifestyle that demonstrates how well they're doing. A Bigger Prize turns that assumption on its head. Land your next big promotion. Religion also comes under scrutiny. This superbly readable book shows us how to do competition differently--and better--in business and in life. Heffernan's research tells us that, right now, what we need is to collaborate. I found Margaret Heffernan's book eye-opening and thought-provoking.
When food producers aim to dominate their markets with low prices, it costs us all in environmental and social degradation. The demolition derby of modern life has damaged our ability to work together. The concept of collaboration is not just a socialistic concept, rather through things such as open source software projects we are seeing that collaboration can be used effectively by industry and the public for the common good. Heffernan covers a wide variety of industries: education, music, entertainment, academia, medicine, scientific research, plant and animal farming, pharmaceuticals, and even religion. When executives are encouraged to compete for bonuses and promotions, it costs them friendships and creativity. She dissects the ugly side of dating sites, which pressure users to stand out from the thousands of other scrollable thumbnails.
Heffernan reveals how more often than not individual pursuit of self-interest proves to be collectively defeating and incurs high costs: When schools celebrate the top of the class, they demotivate the rest. So the more beautiful cocks produce more descendants. Stellarperformance says dec 31 2015 1151 am its a big game but we cant let the game become bigger than what it is tell that to your fans. The demolition derby of modern life has damaged our ability to work together. And when the pressure to win exacerbates cheating and corruption, it costs us the legitimacy of our institutions and our moral credibility.
And though the book is fairly light on solutions, I think it solidly adds to the literature supporting greater, more optimistic cooperation among humans. The upshot of all these contests? Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest, is crudely understood as justifying a winner-takes-all culture. In business, education, sports, and innovation, drawing from the long-time success stories of companies such as Ocean Spray, Gore, and Boston Scientific among others, Heffernan uncovers how social structures that reinforce interdependency produce excellent results and consistent leaders in their fields. Most importantly, these organizations become robust, and able to survive the vicissitudes of political, social, and economic change. The writing is active and interesting, and even though I found myself wanting more from the chapters dealing with topics with which I am familiar, it was not an unsatisfied wanting.
During courtship, the argus cock pheasant spreads his large secondary wing feathers, which are decorated with beautiful eye spots; the bigger they are, the more they stimulate the female. If we're constantly competing to be the best at everything schools, research, jobs, industries, countries, most money, etc. Furthermore, she gives great examples of companies who are employee owned, typically manage in groups no larger than Dunbar's number of 150, and can focus on longevity, serve employees and customers alike, and make difficult decisions like reducing their environmental impact industrial carpet maker Interface. Realizing that all flocks had a despot, or dominant member, and a vertical set of relationships under her, which determined when each chicken could eat, he discovered 'hackordnung', or 'pecking order. And whatever you do--make sure you win. From the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts to the classrooms of Singapore and Finland, from tiny start-ups to global engineering firms and beloved American organizations--like Ocean Spray, Eileen Fisher, Gore, and Boston Scientific--Heffernan discovers ways of living and working that foster creativity, spark innovation, reinforce our social fabric, and feel so much better than winning. Land your next big promotion.
Don't focus solely on boosting your company's share price. The recurring pattern that emerges from these examples is that competitive models promote conformity, cheating, fraud, selfishness, and risk intolerance. What an amazing premise of a book, in a world where everyone strives to do better and compete between themselves no matter the negative consequences, this book seems timely and starts to reflect on whether this is the best way to approach life. Because the book deals with so many different industries, I would recommend this for just about everyone—you can take the topic of beneficial versus harmful human social arrangements and abstract it across pretty much everything that brings humans together. Even the competition in sports has negative effects. I can't really thank her enough for the insight she has shared with me.
If you are any kind of leader, coach, educator this is one book you must read. At college, deepening debt is the only way to stay ahead. If we're constantly competing to be the best at everything schools, research, jobs, industries, countries, most money, etc. Any book that takes you two years to read without fundamentally changing your life for the better , should be, in my view, criticised harshly. A Bigger Prize turns that assumption on its head.
And whatever you do--make sure you win. So how do we rein in competition, retaining its power to spur us on but denying it the destructive dimension that it acquires when it is made a uniquely canonical virtue? The demolition derby of modern life has damaged our ability to work together. From the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts to the classrooms of Singapore and Finland, from tiny start-ups to global engineering firms and beloved American organizationslike Ocean Spray, Eileen Fisher, Gore, and Boston ScientificHeffernan discovers ways of living and working that foster creativity, spark innovation, reinforce our social fabric, and feel so much better than winning. Superb book about how competition has become the default motivator in most aspects of life, especially work and education, but it has failed us: competition is designed to benefit the few, and often produces cheating, corruption, subversion, silence, and disenchantment. In this book, Margaret Heffernan dispels this myth.