The Super Fantastic Leadership Show: Competition at Work


Podcast 025: Competition and Jealousy; Enough Said (almost).


If you like to read as much as listen, you can get a transcript of the show right here.

In this week’s podcast, we talk about the thing that no one likes to really talk about: competition and jealousy. We blended these two topics together because they both include a belief that there isn’t enough for me and for you and are built on a life of comparison. Life becomes a game of musical chairs and you’re the one left standing. We explore the gift of attention and how this basic human need really becomes a driver that creates our jealousy and this belief that we need to compete. We all have that inner critic that can get us to believe that we aren’t good enough and we get right into how this feeds into our relationships with our teams too. What does it say about me when my team doesn’t meet their benchmarks? And worse, what does it say about me?

Our jealousy and competition can take over our ability to remain connected with others and ourselves. Competition, while in some contexts it can be fun, you’ll hear Katie’s list of what does occur when we’re working and playing from competition and jealousy. Fear is the driver on this one, and we’re the passenger. Once we can talk about this experience in our life, we can take back the wheel. Oh, and we get to experience greater and greater levels of appreciation.

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