Competition LO17990

Roxanne Abbas (
Tue, 5 May 1998 06:27:38 -0500

Replying to LO17915 --

Lon Badgett points out how we on this list combine competition and

"The language and format we use is (mostly) common to all of us and we
cooperate in keeping it that way. Ironically, we compete among ourselves
with that same language to elevate points, counter real or perceived
attacks, prove or disprove facts, and debate with great vigor the
obscurities of our common topic. "

I agree, Lon, that most of us do use both approaches from time to time. I
think debate and dialogue are a good analogy for competition and
cooperation. It seems that we have often found that when our discussions
resort to debate, when we quit listening and trying to learn from each
other, when we are trying to "win", then we move away from our objective
of being a learning organization. I have often exemplified this tendency
myself. One might say that I'm rather competitive in my advocacy of
cooperation. I'm trying to learn how to better listen and understand the
perspectives of others in order to more effectively communicate my
differing viewpoints.

Best regards,



Roxanne Abbas

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