Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How low would you go?

Robert D. Behn, writing in Goverment Executive, Oct 29, 2014, tells about learning a new term--"throating"-- meaning sabotaging another student or hurting their performance.

Sometimes these pre-med Johns Hopkins students cut important pages out of books so no other students could read them.

This is zero sum--for me to win, you must lose.

This was pre-med kids trying to get into good med schools.

But the workplace is also cut-throat. But sometimes this is not the case. Are all other medical schools besides Hopkins a loser? Why do the top 20 schools get to be called winners?

Can we design an office environment or educational system that discourages throating?

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