Stay Competent at work with Good Sense – Not with Professional Jealousy (Self Improvement)

“True confidence leaves no room for jealousy. When you know you’re great, you have no need to hate.”

Much difference exists between the aspects: a competition with a positive attitude to contribute to the organizational objectives and growth and a competition with a feeling of professional jealousy.

Seeing the advancement of a colleague, in the former instance, if one undertakes a competition, proceeds to develop his skills and fails unluckily based on performance appraisal indicating the need for more enhancement, loses nothing more than the opportunity. But the latter reveals the loss of opportunity as well as the mental peace.The deed  not to appease oneself or benefit the organization, but to belittle the abilities of others.

Being inspired by a colleague, taking on a healthy competition and striving to develop competence level is quite admirable, but it is detrimental to undertake it having founded the fort of envious thoughts against a colleague. It might rather be understood on the basis of psychological factor that one gets bewildered because of lost mental peace. Since the clouds of resentment spread out due to jealous attitude are overcast one’s mind and the glow of positive thoughts gets dimmer, one makes the things mess and directs oneself wrongly. Though the person is well educated, but he gets mislead due to lack of good sense or positive attitude. In fact, education is like a lantern in the darkness, but in case of such people, it may be said that the intensity of light emitted by education is not so bright as it should be.

The abstract of the article “Knowledge and Wisdom” by Bertrand Russell, focuses the point. What according to the writer’s view may be perceived in brief is knowledge without wisdom is inconsequential unless the knowledge is combined with wisdom. Therefore, it is necessary to have wisdom for the implementation of good knowledge and making right decisions.

At this point, the fact that good sense plays a significant role is quite observable, as such, the pursuit of knowledge is different from the establishment and development of good sense. So, in terms of professionalism lack of good sense manifest the interpersonal conflict.

Professional jealousy ought to be amid other social evils. The contrast between other social evils and professional jealousy is that they mushroom in the society because of ignorance while professional jealousy develops in the organization despite the fact that one has knowledge.

Professional jealousy originates from the egocentricity or due to ego. It leads to the wrong diplomacy and disfavors altruism. As the other evils harm the society, so it does to an organization. It is obvious enough not to have mutual teamwork in such atmosphere, because one group or a person wants to bring down another one for their own reasons or personal pursuits.

There may be several reasons of conflicts, such as, one’s disagreement with respect of pay and position, perception and attitudes. Supposedly, if A gets paid more than B, instead of considering his colleague’s education, exposure, knowledge and seniority, and making himself acquainted with the guidelines of human resources, B establishes a counterfeit competition which is based on professional jealousy – which is what is to be said unhealthy for the organization and which is not contributory to the organizational objectives.

In organizations conflict is inevitable, rather, acceptable as much as it is for the benefits of organizations. It may be substantial, but, if it is to harm others’ image and emotions, it is improper.

Nonetheless, there is a choice for anyone to take competition by putting his sincere efforts towards the direction of organizational objectives. The use of co-operative strategies among the employees lead to the positive results. Besides, there is a need for maintaining positive attitude at all times, so that there may be conclusive evidence to the success of a business organization.

If one undertakes the competition by virtue of a positive attitude and makes every possible effort to build his organizational competence and enhances his skills then there would be an exemplary benefit to both, the employee as well as the organization. Though there might be no term to be assigned. It would rather be called as a healthy competition for organizational growth – which is acceptable – which is not based on professional jealousy but based on self-assessment and in the light of good sense.

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Written by:
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (MSc-Software Engineering)
MA-English, MPhil-English
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Pursuing CMA-USA
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India


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