Our Move from Competition to Collaboration

Alberta Primetime asked:

What impact would eliminating score-keeping have on Alberta kids playing minor sports?

In my opinion, it’s important to continue to score-keep in sports. Choosing to eliminate score-keeping would take away a valuable and necessary learning opportunity from children.

There is a creative tension that exists between collaboration and competition. When teams, organizations, businesses, leadership races etc. are able to successfully strike a balance between the two, they both inspire and unite. Canada’s hockey gold medal a year ago comes to mind.

Society today can benefit from understanding that collaboration and competition are not mutually-exclusive concepts. One is not preferable to the other. They exist on the same continuum. Children need to learn from an early age that people aren’t competitive or collaborative. They are both.

A better question would be:

How do we as a society learn to value teamwork, collaboration and skill-improvement equal to winning?

Our society overvalues competition and undervalues collaboration. This causes an imbalance in our systems and has the following negative societal effects:

  • Trust in our society has been replaced with bureaucracy and cover-your-ass paperwork to the detriment of our relationships.
  • Our creative energy remains largely untapped because financial independence is our first individual responsibility.
  • Public, private and charitable sectors are financially unsustainable.
  • Our healthcare system is overburdened.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympics confirmed my philosophy that the pinnacle of achievement is reached when we successfully strike a balance between collaboration and competition. Using this basic principle, we can restore balance to our systems and transform our world into a place where ALL people love their lives.

1 to the power of 7 Billion  = 1

There’s power in ONE.

We’re ALL on the same team.

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