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A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition by Margaret Heffernan

By Margaret Heffernan

Get into the easiest colleges. Land your subsequent huge promoting. costume for fulfillment. Run quicker. Play more durable. paintings more durable. maintain rating. And no matter what you do—make definite you win.

Competition runs via each element of our lives this present day. From the cubicle to the race song, in enterprise and love, faith and technology, what issues now could be to be the largest, quickest, meanest, hardest, richest.

The upshot of most of these contests? As Margaret Heffernan exhibits during this eye-opening publication, pageant usually backfires, generating an explosion of dishonest, corruption, inequality, and possibility. The demolition derby of recent lifestyles has broken our skill to paintings together.

But it doesn’t need to be this manner. CEOs, scientists, engineers, traders, and inventors around the globe are pioneering greater how you can create nice items, construct enduring companies, and develop relationships. Their mystery? Generosity. belief. Time. Theater. From the cranberry toilets of Massachusetts to the school rooms of Singapore and Finland, from tiny start-ups to worldwide engineering agencies and cherished American organizations—like Ocean Spray, Eileen Fisher, Gore, and Boston Scientific—Heffernan discovers methods of residing and dealing that foster creativity, spark innovation, strengthen our social cloth, and consider loads larger than profitable.

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13 Since that work, neuroscientists have been uncovering the stages at which those critical pathways of the human brain are laid down. What is clear is that connections that aren’t used die off (as with the kittens), but also that connections that are richly stimulated wire together. This has been described by neuropsychiatrist Allan Schore as a “use it or lose it situation. Cells that fire together wire together. 15 It can and should provide the safe environment where children’s rivalrous feelings can emerge and be expressed as a way of learning about conflict.

At a time when we badly need to develop imagination, creativity, and the intellectual initiative that generates new ideas, competitive testing is tailor-made to do just the opposite: it cultivates a talent for playing it safe, a tendency to secondguess, and a belief that there is such a thing as the right answer. What exams do with magnificent clarity is deliver clear, objective results that enable schools to see who’s top and who’s bottom of the class. The vast array of exams to which we subject our children does nothing to develop their intrinsic motivation, but it does allow schools to identify winners and rank them.

13 Since that work, neuroscientists have been uncovering the stages at which those critical pathways of the human brain are laid down. What is clear is that connections that aren’t used die off (as with the kittens), but also that connections that are richly stimulated wire together. This has been described by neuropsychiatrist Allan Schore as a “use it or lose it situation. Cells that fire together wire together. 15 It can and should provide the safe environment where children’s rivalrous feelings can emerge and be expressed as a way of learning about conflict.

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