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Discussion on: Competition with Coworkers

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Ben Halpern

Yeah, this is definitely a thing that's hard to completely avoid in this industry.

Being pushed in healthy ways is one thing, but unhealthy competition is a burnout trap, or worse.

I have to think this would be manifested in the worst ways in environments that thoughtlessly think this kind of competition is unilaterally good. This is where metrics start getting gamed at the expense of fundamental progress for the team.