It was management guru Stephen Covey who had first coined the word “win-win”—now a common terminology in the corporate world.
But what does it mean? Can there really be two winners in a game? Well, yes! It is a paradigm shift in management thinking, based on the principle of live and let live.
In fact, this policy of avoiding war was written by our own Chanakya: “In war there are losses, expenses, marches away from home and hindrances.” (7.2.2)
When competition sets in, and if it’s not tackled carefully, both the parties can end up in a brutal war that causes heavy losses of time, energy and also resources. Huge expenses are encountered when we find one party trying to out-prove the other.
Now, the real question is how does one even begin to think about ‘win-win’ when war is unavoidable. Careful thinking of the following points will help us: