“When one side benefits more than the other, that’s a win-lose situation. To the winner, it might look like success for a while, but in the long run, it breeds resentment and distrust.”Dr. Stephen R. Covey
To think win-win does not mean that you always must be nice. It isn’t about being nice. It is also a long-term approach, not a short-term “quick-fix. According to Stephen Covey, it is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.
“In the long run, if it isn’t a win for both of us, we both lose. That’s why win-win is the only real alternative in interdependent realities.”Dr. Stephen R. Covey
Win-win agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying to both parties. To operate in the win-win world, you must develop three character traits.
Integrity: sticking with your true feelings, values, and commitments
Empathy: Determining the outcome with a clear understanding and consideration for the other party’s desired outcome.
Abundance: You also must have an abundance mentality where you understand that an outcome good for one side can also be good for the other side. You do not operate as if it is a zero-sum situation. A win-win creates a successful outcome for both parties.
How can you apply win-win to home cleaning? Here are some examples.
Example 1 – Clutter
You have too much clutter and unused items in your home and decide to donate the items you no longer need and use to a local charity. You win (home less cluttered), your home cleaning service wins (easier to clean), the charity wins, and the recipients who receive the donated items win. Everyone wins.
Example 2 – Sharing a Home
When we share a home with others (and most of us do), there may be times when one or the other feels that the messy situation in the house is not their fault but the fault of the other. This may not be entirely accurate, but perception is sometimes reality.
What about hiring a cleaning service to make sure the messy situations are reduced or even eliminated. Both home-sharing parties win with a reduction in messy cases, and both parties win even more by not having to deal with cleaning the home.
Example 3 – The Human Experience
Imagine you do not like cleaning your house. Imagine that there is a company that specializes in home cleaning and enjoys operating its home cleaning business. You hire the company to clean your home, and this produces a win for you. The company you hire feels privileged to be cleaning your home and receives compensation for cleaning it. This is a win for them.
The idea of win-win is not a technique. It is a philosophy. We must ask ourselves what we want and what the other party wants from a given situation. We need to break down certain paradigms. Many people feel that if they are friendly, then they cannot be tough. However, you can be both pleasant and tough at the same time. Negotiate an agreement that creates a win for both parties.
Commit to maintaining a balance between your win and the other parties’ win. Look for ways to create win-win outcomes.
You most likely have a busy schedule. You may be looking for a win-win. You may want to explore the services of a reliable and experienced cleaner – and that’s exactly what A Clean Vision is.
A Clean Vision always looks for outcomes that produce a win-win. We set the cleaning of your home or office as our top priority. That means it is a win for you and we win too as we have another satisfied customer.
Give us a call at (802) 295-6065. We are a family-owned and operated business and have been cleaning homes and offices in the Upper Valley since 1993.