Four Ways to Overcome the Win-Loss Mentality

I’ve noticed an increasingly prevalent point-of-view in the workplace and in society in general these days: it’s the view that if I win, someone else has to lose. While this belief is true in the sports world (and should be), it’s not always applicable in the corporate world, especially within the organizations we lead.

When a colleague performs poorly at work, it doesn’t make me look better. If my teammate is scolded for making a mistake, I shouldn’t gloat in the fact that I wasn’t the one who screwed up. A win for me doesn’t, and shouldn’t, result in a loss for my co-workers.

So, how can we overcome this win-loss mentality within our teams? Here are four suggestions: (more…)