Are you ready for the competition?

This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday – the day that the top two teams in the National Football League compete for the coveted title of Super Bowl Champion.  It’s also the second largest day of US food consumption and the day when most people actually watch the commercials instead of running to the refrigerator for more snacks. But, I digress.

The operative word for today’s blog is competition; as some define it – the act or process of trying to get or win something that someone else is also trying to get or win. Look closely at the competition on the football field and you will definitely see the similarities to the competition you face every day in your business and personal life. There’s the good, the bad and sometimes, the ugly. Competition tends to bring out the best or worst in people. Do you know which one it brings out in your employees? You better because the outcomes and the differences can significantly impact your business.

At best competition fosters innovation, promotes growth, creativity and teamwork; makes us more goal-oriented, helps us understand our strengths and weaknesses and promotes taking chances and trying new things; exceeding expectations and achieving success. At its worst, it can bring out hostility, negative attitudes, jealousy and cause us to stay stuck from fear of failure. Practice the “winning at all costs” mentality and be prepared to reap what you sow.

So, you make the call. Which culture of competition do you want for your business? As a leader, it’s your responsibility to set the tone for your company. Competition isn’t going away; it’s just a matter of how you decide to handle it.

Now, let’s get ready for some football.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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