By Albert J. Bernstein
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When rewards are scarce, people automatically compete for them. Business is about competition, and unless the contingencies are carefully arranged to promote teamwork over internal competition, people will vie with one another for scarce rewards such as money and recognition. Never mind that if everybody works together, there will be more of everything to go around. If that happens, it will be sometime in the future. People are more motivated by what is going on now. Teamwork takes time, effort, and tremendous commitment from the top down.
Success at anything depends on the ability to make yourself do what needs to be done, whether you want to or not. Regardless of what your autopilot may tell you, there is no easy way. ♦♦ ♦♦ Being Overly Nice. Your autopilot may try to convince you that if you are undemanding and do everything people ask, you will avoid conflicts, and your generosity will be reciprocated. It never works out that way. If you don’t ask for what you want, you won’t get it, and if you don’t say no, they will keep piling on the work.
This is just as well, because other people may not be admitting their thoughts and intentions to themselves, much less to you. If nobody is admitting anything, how do you know that the answers you’re coming up with are correct? To have faith in your interpretations, you need to realize that everybody’s view of every situation is biased. All of us distort our perceptions of reality to fit with our hopes, fears, and expectations. Most of our interpersonal difficulties arise from these distortions.
Am I the Only One Sane Working Here by Albert J. Bernstein