Yet, many of those opportunities only come one at a time. So there could be five or more people waiting in the wings for one opportunity. This creates an internal competition among colleagues who, in the meantime, have to work together for the benefit of the entire organization. I won’t go so far as to say one of the successors in waiting would intentionally sabotage a colleague’s chances—such an act would likely be uncovered and the saboteur effectively dealt with—but it certainly creates a competition for resources, a “look out of number one” mindset, and, at times, nearsightedness when it comes to cooperation and collaboration.
Of the twenty people in the cohort, only one walked through a door he was waiting outside. It was the first door to open, and there was a good feeling that the program would be a successful one. But that, unfortunately and unintentionally, resulted in a “why him and not me?” sentiment among some others. When the next open door admitted an external candidate, employees who had been loyal to the organization began answering the phone when recruiters called, and the organization’s investment ended up paying dividends to competitors.