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A Bigger Prize
How We Can Do Better Than the Competition

Heffernan, Margaret
Publisher:  Doubleday Canada, Toronto
Date Written:  01/04/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Pages:  416pp   ISBN:  9780385679831
Dewey:  302.14
Resource Type:  Book

The competitive nature of everyday life has damaged our ability to work together. Heffernan outlines why and how it doesn't have to be that way.

Abstract:  Tiger mothers stand by with tutors to make sure schoolchildren keep pace. At college, deepening debt is the only way to stay ahead. In the world of work, bond traders and derivatives sellers push ever-riskier products onto unsuspecting customers, themselves eager to pay for a lifestyle that demonstrates how well they’re doing.

How did we get sucked into a worldview that has proved so destructive, anti-social and wasteful? Whatever made us believe that competition would reward the smartest people, the greatest products, the best companies? Why do we trust that competitive games, markets and tests will magically identify the just winner? Surrounded by over-complex technology and cheap and tawdry merchandise, how could we imagine that competition is anything other than a forcef or devastation and waste?

In her new book, Margaret Heffernan reveals how blind pursuit of success in business and life limits our opportunities and keeps us from positive choices. She argues that instead of allowing ourselves to be slaves to competition, we should tap into natural reserves of altruism, collaboration and cooperation. Those talents are innate and genetically hardwired, ripe for development, primed for innovation.

Drawing on the latest scientific and economic research and her own numerous interviews with everyone from captains of industry to neuroscientists to Olympic athletes, Margaret Heffernan debunks competition as the ultimate answer to our biggest questions. But in doing so she reveals its positive aspects that until now have gone largely unacknowledged. This book shows us how to do competition differently–and better–in business and in life.

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