Do you want to be right or do you want to win?

posted March 19th, 2008 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

When I first started working, I thought the answer to this question was so obvious it did not merit thinking about. Of course, I wanted to be right! How could I consider myself to have won, if I had not been right/done the right thing etc. And today, I look back and think I was quite naive! In fact, I have come full circle. I can see clearly that winning provides me with the ability to influence/have the impact I want to have. And the more I win, the more influence and impact I have.

In my opinion, this is an interesting place from which to evaluate any position you take, particularly when things do not seem “fair” or you seem stuck/entrenched in your perspective. What choices will you make? What approach will you take? Do you want to be right or do you want to win?

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