No contest: the case against competition

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Houghton Mifflin, 1986 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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Arguing that competition is inherently destructive, the author asserts that competitive behavior is culturally induced and counter-productive and causes anxiety, selfishness, self-doubt, and poor communication

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User Review  - Gaurav Prabhu - Goodreads

It will change the way you perceive competition. The study is researched exhaustively & the author has done a remarkable job to make the reader question his beliefs on competition. Read full review

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User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

This radically changed how I have been encouraged to consider interacting with others. Life is not so much of a contest, so much of a "whose cuisine reigns supreme?" question, in my experience, as ... Read full review



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Alfie Kohn was recently described by Time magazine as "perhaps the countrys most outspoken critic of educations fixation on grades [and] test scores." He is the author of seven previous books on education and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards (1993), Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community (1996), and The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards" (1999). A former teacher, Kohn now works with educators across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. He lives (actually) in Belmont, Mass. and (virtually) at

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