In a world, where the weak get weaker and the strong get stronger, the disparity between those who are successful and those who fail are much wider. This essentially means that as competition flares, one’s chances of moving up the ranks become less, while falling becomes greater.
You can use the simple analogy of the stock market, where you see stocks rising, they rise in smaller increments, but when then they fall they fall in larger increments.

This analogy would coincide with competition in the work place and amongst competitors. What are people willing to do to get ahead?

Absolutely about anything. It’s not only about the money, it is what drives our ego, and in the process what happens is “you” as the sense of yourself gets lost in the shuffle. Remember when you were a child, remember that innocence, where all you needed to do is just “be’’.

The grading system in school is the first mode of entry into the world of competition. This is where children start comprehending the letter “A” becomes better than the letter “B”.

We learn as children from our parents that we should maintain a high-level of ethics. “Don’t cheat, don’t lie” says your Mom. “Be Respectful”, says your Dad. Yet when we move into the corporate world, we forget about it.

Let’s start simply with examples, how many times have you taken credit for work you didn’t do? I know I have. Whether it would be a big client you brought to the company that really wasn’t brought in by you, or how many times do have you said “yes” when you really meant “no”. Does this challenge what is moral, or does it go against yours or your company’s principals?

The definition of ethics is “moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior.” Does personal gain becomes a drain to moral principals in a group’s behavior?

We compete because we crave gain. Recognition, promotions, ego are some of the things we benefit from the competition. While this is all well and good, the key here is play fairly with your peers to outsmart your competition without having to violate one’s principals or company’s principals.

You will have to define if the company has higher moral fiber than yourself or is this vice versa. This is of course another moral dilemma.

By Jack Smiths