Is win-win possible? Not always.
The world as we know it has good and bad people. Within that context, a win-win outcome would not possible – when both the good and bad people win.
Sometimes a forced outcome is by design to promote competition. Examples include election, sports, or other performance-based tasks. Win-lose is the typical result.
And then, there is lose-lose or compromise, the outcome that is nobody’s favorite.
But what if there is no good or bad people? Only people with different definitions of their win’s. To wit, a successful sales transaction between the buyer and seller.
Or how about the Olympics? Sure there are medal winners. But being in the games representing the home country or setting a personal record could be a win, no less.
So while the win-win is not always possible, we shouldn’t let our filters prevent us from “think win-win.” As advocated by the late Dr. Stephen Covey, the think win-win could lead to optimal outcome.
What possible outcome do you think the Russia and Ukraine could end up with?