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For many of today’s reality shows, competition is the name of the game. Whether they’re dancing, singing or using their wits to survive in the wilderness, participants pit their skills against others to win the prize. The harsher the competition, the better it is for ratings, thus prompting producers and directors to encourage it. Conversely, most managers in most workplaces spend their days cultivating cooperation. But should they be? A new survey conducted by The Creative Group found that more than two-thirds (72 percent) of advertising and marketing executives admit their staff members compete with each other, and that this competitive spirit actually enhances employee productivity in nine out of 10 situations. “Healthy competition encourages professionals to stretch their capabilities and come up with innovative ideas,” said Dave Willmer, executive director of The Creative Group. You’re the last one to know. If colleagues rarely share their ideas or success strategies, it’s a sign that they don’t trust you to support their concepts or worry that you’ll pass off their ideas as your own. There’s a paper trail. Cubicle mates who frequently e-mail instead of speaking to you may want to keep a record of their communications, another sign that trust has eroded. You accept all the credit. Those who are excessively competitive often fail to acknowledge the roles colleagues play in making projects successful. For more information Books: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t by Robert I. Sutton; Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don’t by Ram Charan Web sites: www.team buildinginc.com/article_team motivation.htm. Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, write to Dawn Anfuso, c/o Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, e-mail Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers will remain anonymous. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But it’s possible to take competition too far. Once “winning” becomes someone’s priority, he or she stops cooperating with others and workplace camaraderie flies out the window. This can be detrimental not only to productivity, but also to the competitor’s career. Following are six signs that an employee may need to scale back a sense of competition and adopt a more collaborative mindset: Vacations make you nervous. Those who are overly competitive may fear that people who assume their responsibilities in their absence will outshine them. You’re leery of your peers. If you view co-workers as more of a threat than a resource, the competition level is too high. You bad-mouth others to your boss. Occasionally it may be necessary to discuss a problem colleague, but too many of these conversations signal insecurity on your part.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWith the addition of Friday’s teachers, the educators version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame now boasts 25 plaques along the sidewalks of Sherman Way, between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The plaques feature a design of laurel leaves set in the shape of a heart, with an apple in the right corner. Among those honored was Herman Katz, credited with helping Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa finish high school and encouraging him to go on to college. Villaraigosa, who nominated Katz for the award, said Katz never gave up on him. The teacher encouraged him to take higher-level reading classes, motivated him to take his SAT exam, then encouraged him to go to college. “He took a liking to me and an interest in me,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the guy who turned my life around. This is the guy who gave me a shot.” “He was the kid with a lot of potential who wasn’t doing a lot,” Katz said. “He gives me a lot more credit than I deserve.” The teachers were nominated by students and administrators. Other teachers honored included Laura Aguilera, a math instructor at the Pacoima Skill Center who helps those who have difficulty with numbers; Donnamae Huberman, a former Granada Hills and El Camino High School science teacher known for sharing life stories that made her popular among students; and Scott King, a third-generation teacher and coach who has led track and field teams to more than 1,000 victories. In addition, Edward Moreno, a community leader with a long list of service who has taught children from the seventh to 12th grades, and college students at California State University; Fran Pikhart, who teaches children who are confined to homes because of illnesses; and Paul D. White, who has focused on teaching high-risk teens and helping schools become drug-free campuses. “This is a dream come true because teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Joe Andrews, founder and president of the Walk of Hearts Foundation. “There’s no question that our society is better because of our teachers.” email@example.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – At 92, Eleanor Bralver’s honors, awards and accomplishments can fill several single-spaced pages. But it was the accolades she received Friday night that made the Sylmar High School teacher realize her commitment to education will live on forever. “It’s been a labor of love,” said Bralver, who plans to retire in June, ending a seven-decade career that began in 1935 in Detroit. “This award is perpetual.” The Walk of Hearts Foundation honored Bralver along with seven other teachers from the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in Los Angeles during a ceremony at the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park.