Win/lose vs. win/win

Most people’s worldviews are shaped by a strong win-lose paradigm. They see any interaction with others, whether at work or in their personal life, as a competition, where they need to fight the other person for the bigger slice of pie. When two people of this mentality come up against each other, the situation will slowly unfold into a lose-lose one. Usually, after a bitter fight and a short-term emerging winner, the entire collaboration will come to a halt.

On the other hand, win-win thinkers build positive, long-term relationships, founded on mutual respect and equal gains. This allows the collaboration to continue for a long time, and serve the satisfaction of both parties.

Try to serve any interaction ethically and with a win-win mentality.