It’s tough to make the same pie bigger.
Growing the pie requires more effort, more sacrifice and more selflessness – but it also yields the best outcomes for the group.
A bigger pie accommodates growth, it builds redundancy into the system, it opens up more possibilities for future action.
When we see others making the hard choice to grow the pie instead of taking a slice, we can either exploit the opportunity created by their effort, or we can pitch in and help.
Choosing to help, to grow the pie and play a non-zero-sum game is tougher for sure, but it should be encouraged and celebrated and practised at every available opportunity.