Think Win Win: Everyone can Win

Think WIN WIN means everyone can win.  Instead of thinking about YOU and ME, win win thinks about BOTH OF US.  Think about a solution that will benefit everyone involved.  It's easy to be self-absorbed sometimes and to look out for what will make you happy.  WIN WIN isn't about giving up what youwant to make someone else happy, it's about making EVERYONE happy.  It's different than the word compromise.  In a compromise each person gives in a little. WIN WIN is all about taking two ideas and working together to come up with a THIRD ALTERNATIVE that's better than each idea on its own.

 

Sometimes competition can happen.  Unfortunately, not everyone can officially win the game.  You can make everyone feel like winners though.  If you win, congratulate the other team on playing a good game.  Compliment them on their effort, and tell them you can't wait to play with them again.  If your team doesn't win, be happy for those that did. Tell them they did a good job.  Maybe ask another player to help you with your skills before the rematch.  Also, try to switch teams up each time you play at recess. That way, everyone gets a chance to play with everyone.

HOW CAN I THINK WIN WIN IN MY LIFE?

  • Be cooperative. - Have an open minded attitude instead of a "my way or the highway" outlook.
  • Be considerate. - Think about what other people want, not just what you want.
  • Be a good problem solver. - Find ways to make both sides happy without having to compromise.

WHAT BOOKS CAN HELP ME LEARN MORE ABOUT THINK WIN WIN?

  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • The Very Clumsy Beetle by Eric Carle
  • Let's Be Enemies by Janice May Udry
  • The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
  • Dragon Stew by Tom McGowen
  • The Checker Players by Alan Venable