Researchers David Shields and Brenda Bredemeier explore why competition seems to lead good people to act in bad ways and share their findings in the upcoming True Competition: A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society (Human Kinetics, February 2009). For more information on True Competition or other sport psychology, coaching and sport management books, contact Human Kinetics at 800-747-4457 or visit www.HumanKinetics.com. Shields is founder and executive director of ...
Author David Shields discusses the roles of competition in sport in the first section of this two part interview. David Light Shields, PhD, is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of True Competition: A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society. Is there evidence showing that athletes can actually increase their performance when engaging in true competition?
Author David Shields continues his engaging discussion of true competition and its application in today’s society. David Light Shields, PhD, is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of True Competition: A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society. How does true competition apply to other aspects of society, beyond the sport environment?
This chart reviews the major markings of competition and decompetition. Each element of competition arises from viewing the contest as an opportunity for partnership. This is an excerpt from True Competition, by David Light Shields and Brenda Light Bredemeier.
Former senator Bill Bradley briefly explains how competition influences his life and career. They structure the major portion of the book as a kind of field guide that features "distinguishing marks" of true competition and decompetition, identifies threats to competition, and presents leadership strategies to promote the best that competition has to offer. I have known the upsides and the downsides of competition, and I appreciate True Competition because it has helped me gain deeper ...
When the balance required for true competition is upset, competition decomposes or degenerates. Like competition, decompetition takes place within a contest structure, but it has morphed into the opposite of true competition. It is important to emphasize that decompetition is not just overly zealous competition, and not competition hyped on caffeine.
All competition requires finding the balance between seriousness and playfulness, between work and pleasure, between effort and enjoyment. Phil Jackson once remarked, “There’s more to life than basketball, and there’s more to basketball than basketball. All competition, whether in sports, school, business, or elsewhere, requires finding the balance between seriousness and playfulness, between work and pleasure, between effort and enjoyment.