The Olympics, whilst being about doing your best, is also about winning. Whether that winning is by being faster, stronger, higher, longer, or by being more precise, creative or strategic. I suspect that won't cover every event, but you get my point.
Winning is something that often crops up in procurement workshops - particularly when discussing negotiations.
I'd contend that tactical negotiation is more like the former, and strategic negotiation is like the later.
Problems arise when we treat suppliers we'd like a relationship with as if they're the opposition in the 100 meters hurdles or the heptathlon, rather than one of our fellow runners in the relay, or part of the same synchronised swimming team.
What will you choose?
The Purchasing Coach