Who doesn’t like winning?

This isn’t a blog to explain how everyone is a winner.  Or that everyone will or should win.  Matter of fact, eventually everyone loses.

In this blog, let’s talk about how to create win-win situations.  I don’t think you need any convincing or motivation regarding why YOU should be winning.  But how many people are actually creating wins for other people.  There is nothing wrong with you wanting to win, but also seek to help others win.  It’s called a win-win situation.

A win-win situation is a situation in which each party benefits in some way.  Whether it is your personal or professional life, you want to create win-win situations.  Here are four ways to create a win-win situation:

1.    Humility. 

The best leaders are able to put their egos down.  Great leaders know how special they are, but they also understand the power in putting others first. 

2.    Practice active listening.

It may be challenge to create a win-win situation if you don’t know what it will take, so it is so important to listen to others.  This point ties in with humility because you will not listen to someone if you think you know it all.  It has been proven that some of the best ideas of the top leaders in history came to them when they were listening.

3.    Dovetail expectations.

After you listen to others expectations, your job as a leader is to discover ways of merging all parties’ expectations into one.  It may take you or everyone compromising a little, which can be difficult depending on the situation.  But if you are able to figure it out, it will bring success beyond your imagination.

4.    Follow-up.

When you think you have created a win-win situation, it is always good practice to follow-up with all parties involved to see if everyone feels like a winner.  If someone did not win, then that is an opportunity for you make it right as a leader.

So do you like losing?  If you don’t like losing, why do you think that someone else would enjoy losing?  Seek to create win-win situations with everyone in your life.  You will notice more fulfilling relationships due to mutual benefiting goals.  It may not be possible in every situation to create a win-win situation.  In these instances, all you can do is your best to create a win-win for everyone.

How can you create a win-win situation today?  Please leave a comment below, send me a tweet on Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook.


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