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Why Winning Might Be Bad

All of us want to win. Victory is an important thing in building our self-esteem and generates an increase in positive perception from others. Unfortunately, there is one truth that we always neglect once we stand on the Victory podium. Luck. We fail to consider the important variable of luck that is in the mix. We think that our success is truly based on our hard-work and grit, and perhaps even a concoction of all our traits (both positive and negative) that gives a balanced recipe for success. More often than not, you are wrong. Almost everyone neglects this fact and you might just be one of them.

Over the years, I have come to realise that winning is the one thing that might actually pull us back in the long-term. Over time as your success starts to mount, you think that perhaps you are doing something right. You are definitely not wrong there. You cannot possibly be lucky all the time. Except, sometimes you can be. Even worse is when you use the same gimmicks for all your tasks and achieve a good result. Does that invoke a certain understanding that your one-size-fits-all method works? I would think so. Unfortunately, you might be falling prey to the confirmation bias. You know for a fact, that if you take a step back, there is never the same method for achieving greatness. To put it bluntly, winning sometimes make stupid people think they are doing something right all the time. Unfortunately, this false belief allows them to think even highly about themselves. Naturally, as the successes increase, the ego is fuelled even more. The larger problem finds itself creeping into the Winners’ lives when nobody is there to criticise them - after all, who would dare question the “proven” methods?

There are several situations that will arise in the presence of various methods. Here is a prominent example. When incorrect methods are used for large-scale settings such as with their subordinates or colleagues, it will affect the overall morale in the office. Take for example the scenario where you are constantly under surveillance by your superiors when doing your job. This method would perhaps spur you to do better at your job but there is little motivation to do more than the bare minimum. If anything, you would be jaded and less likely to perform. Ultimately, you hit your KPIs but you will never be exemplary. Very unlikely, no one would be exemplary. The manager however would feel content and satisfied because his methods work, but of course, the wrong method is proven to raise productivity levels, but it also creates a glass ceiling that nobody would ever break. Now, consider the situation where it is actually possible to raise productivity without negatively affecting the mental states of the office. If a supervisor/manager realises that the behaviours and motivations of everyone are completely different, then his/her methods would be more dynamic and flexible. This might be tiresome at the onset, but would subsequently perform like clockwork. Such methods create a more empathetic connection with his colleagues and subordinates which would most definitely progress to increased morale and productivity. I am certain that you would prefer it if someone understands you when you do your job, much less the people you are working with.

There are many other scenarios where strong leadership traits are dynamic in nature. The one that was just discussed in the analogy is one of communication. Many more aid in giving you the success you want in your careers or to even clinch clients. By letting all these traits work together, you will therefore have the recipe of success.

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