The win-win fallacy

There are some problems where a useful solution is a win for everyone.

But not many. Certainly not the problems that have been around for a while. If there were a win win solution, someone would have probably found it already.

For significant problems, someone is going to lose in the short run. Leadership is not the act of making everyone happy. It’s the ability to show up and help us get to a place where, on balance, more of us are glad to be.

If you can’t find a win-win, it might be time to find a win-lose where the most people with something at stake end up benefitting. Often, that means that entrenched interests and those that have traditionally come first don’t do as well in the short run.