Aspiring to “win” works for elections and athletic events, but not for leadership.
The language you use as a leader impacts everything about your organization.
The "winner/loser" approach means MY goals are accomplished at YOUR expense. In a simpler world perhaps that made a great deal of sense. These days, we need each other more often than not.
So “achieving” is a far better aim, as it takes into account the bigger picture—how we are interdependent on each other--in fact, we are WAY too interconnected for the winner/loser mentality to be effective for more than a flash in the pan.
If you’re using the term “winning” with your people, or a goal/aim in your organization, I ask that you reconsider. How about “achieving”—and the bigger, more interdependent picture that goes with it?
Let me know what you think…