NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Competition undoubtedly has its merits. As the mainstay of capitalism and the cornerstone of progress and innovation, it is arguably the key to success. From evolution to economics to sports, competition between groups creates stronger genes, better products and faster athletes. Even competition within an organization ultimately strengthens it as individual members strive to be the best and thus elevate the whole.But this only holds true to a point. When this point is eclipsed, internal competition threatens the essence of the organization itself. (See graph) In our government, for example, Republicans and Democrats appear trapped in a downward spiral of competition, which threatens to bring productivity to a screeching halt, as might happen if the rate of filibusters continues to rise. Imagine a basketball team comprised solely of MVP wannabes who refuse to pass the ball or a restaurant in which the chefs sabotage their colleagues' dishes to guarantee theirs shine: both would fail and fail spectacularly. Competing with colleagues not only blinds the group to the overall goals but also inhibits each participant's personal development. And as we all know, any organization is only as strong as the sum of its parts.