After reading the article, by Craig Semon, I had a vision of a playground with a dozen or so nine years olds gathered around the slide. One kid, at the top of the slide, spins around and starts kicking those coming up the ladder, "You can't use this slide until I've had my turn!", the kid yells as they kick the air. "Besides, you don't know how to use it the right way! Only I do!" Then the kid sits at the top of the slide, refusing to budge.
Every playground had one. One kid that thought they were the best, and made it small town career of making it known to everyone else. They also made their feelings known about how everyone else was a ineffective dork, and would sooner eat a bug than give anyone else a chance to prove otherwise.
They say we change, as we leave childhood, and become a grownup. We mature. We evolve into what our environment has taught us, our family has shown us, and our friends show by example. For some, all these influences can do more to change us in a negative way depending upon what examples they experience. For others, positive examples spawn positive results.
As with most life lessons, this one is simple as well.
Another life lesson is when one way is blocked, and an obstacle stands in the way, someone will go around the other way, climb up the front of the slide, and clear the way by kicking that obstacle in the butt.
Playground, or boardroom, one has got to play well with others. Otherwise, all that will be on their minds will be planning , and figuring how to remove the obstacle in their way, and all that energy will be wasted. When that happens you can be sure little will be done as a group, and the kid on that's on top of the slide will realize this, and may even strike out on their own.
It's cliche, but too true to ignore, playing well with others fosters great success for all.