It is often seen in the attitude that says,
"I'm not going to give full effort because some other
department is going to get all the glory," or "Our office
won't participate in that project because someone else's name would
appear with ours on the final product."
The world is full
of examples of shortened efforts because some one or some group
didn't want another person or group to gain any benefit. "We
will promote family planning and literacy among this group, but we
don't want people from down the road to benefit from our
This is foolish.
There is nothing wrong with sharing the glory or having a group
credit when the work is all said and done. But all too often I have
seen ego get in the way of excellence. People unwilling to share the
glory, or allow any one else or any other department (or project or
family), to share in the benefits reaped are short-sighted, refusing
to see that "for the good of all" includes them. They
won't lose if others gain, but for some reason they feel threatened
if they don't get it all for themselves.
If there is a
chance someone else might share in it, the ego- motivated folks
temper their effort or stop it altogether. The result is that the
final product is less than it could have been.
Whatever you are
doing, every moment that you work to prevent some benefit from going
to someone else is another moment you are short-changing yourself.
It is impossible to work for benefit AND work to limit someone
else's benefit at the same time.
Think about this
the next time you are called upon to work for some great project or
joint effort. Don't spend time trying to limit who will benefit.
Work instead toward building benefit for as many as possible.
Copyright Ray S. Whiting, originally published in
Two Scoops. All reprints must
be unedited and must include this paragraph.