When I used to work in an office setting, deep in the back of my mind (or maybe in everybody’s) was always the question of am I competitive?
A strange question when everyone was professional, hired to do a job, right?
In any organizations, private or public, there is a hierarchical structure. Some leads and some follows, to get the jobs done. It is not exactly a democracy. So, competitive performance for promotion or retention seems to me be a natural question.
But I now realize the impetus for my question was really about money.
Specifically how much money could I make? One can argue that merit of the job is the real reason for employment. My response would be – would you do it for free?
Who are you competing with? for what? and how? Is there a different way to accomplish the same goal?