Winning Alone

Our culture reveres winning. Not a bad thing if winning is done fairly and well. However, winning alone has become a common pursuit. We have to go back to core societal values of truth, mutual respect, ethics and the greater good. Winning alone has its problems. It does not have to be based in facts, ends are more important than means and the desired outcome is self-serving.

When a culture reveres winning alone, winning is pursued at all costs. It harms societies and the organizations we work in – people are harmed, truth is not revealed and future actions and perceptions are often based on falsities.

What do you think about winning alone?’


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New Playing Fields

ID-100157138-2Sometimes, your playing field shifts. It may be a change in upper management personnel, a new policy, a major change in culture or significant changes in funding and resources. When a playing field shifts, you must shift as well.

The first step is to notice that the playing field has shifted – sometimes there is not an announcement; the change just happens. Then, step back and look at how the shift affects you and your team. It is a non-negotiable that you make changes in response. If you ignore the change, you’ll be out of step and suffer consequences. Assess what is in your and your team’s best interests and adjust to the new playing field. Maximize your advantage.

In the long run, it is easier to respond to change, then to pretend it is not there. When the playing field shifts, create your own shifts, too. That way, you’ll remain a winner, no matter what field you playing on.


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