Effective Meritocracy

by Patrick Liew on August 19, 2019

Effective Meritocracy

The purpose of meritocracy is to unite and not to divide the people, and to advance their interests and not to serve any personal interests.

It is to raise the tide for all – and not for any exclusive groups – to achieve a better standard of living.

Therefore, meritocracy should not be about winning but about leading others.

Winning is about playing a zero-sum game and it’s a short-term game.

It’s about forging ahead at the expense of others, and achieving better results and leaving leaving others behind.

In short, others would have to lose for someone to win.

On the other hand, leading is about playing a positive-sum game.

It’s about leading others in the process of leading oneself.

Sharing the responsibility of helping others who do not enjoy the same position and advantage as oneself.

And producing better results while reaching out to help others raise their level of performance and achievements.

In doing so, nobody has to undergo an unhealthy struggle of comparing with and being ahead of each other.

There’s no need to tumble over each other and get stressed out to reach a lose-lose destination.

The end result of playing a positive-sum game is that both the leader and his team can accomplish more, and help to make a more positive impact on the people and environment around them.

Effective and compassionate meritocracy is about recognizing and honoring such leaders who serve a greater good.



I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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