Play to Win or Play Not to Lose?

All sports fans have heard the terms “Play to Win” and “Play not to Lose”, but do we really know what it means?

Play to Win

Here are some terms that best describe PTW:
_ Being aggressive
_ Controlling the tone of the game or match
_ Playing at a pace that best suits the talents of the team

Play Not to Lose

Likewise, some related phrases for PNTL:
_ Being submissive
_ Relaxing because of a lead
_ Coasting
_ Prevent defense

We have all witnessed these scenarios for our beloved college and professional teams. We dominate the first portion of the contest and stay strong to the finish for the win. This usually happens when playing a lesser talented team.


Your team controls the initial portion and seemingly have the “game in the bag” and begins to relax. The opponent comes storming back and wins the game at the buzzer, or in overtime.

Where does this mentality generate from? How can a talented group of individuals dictate their will and other times, enable others to mandate the situation? The answer is relatively simple:


The culture of a group is more than heart, or determination or even talent, culture is all those entities and more. Culture is a mindset, having confidence in your leaders, being transparent in communication and responsibilities. Culture is not a feeling, it’s a belief, believing that the group is one as a team, there are no superstars, only team mates working together to reach a mutual goal.

At Heritage Signs & Displays, we play to win! Our leaders have developed Core Values that are clear, concise and transparent, every employee at Heritage Signs & Displays understands our Core Values and buys into them wholeheartedly. We work with like-minded individuals that understand the value of team and appreciate the benefits from that mindset.

We live our Culture and share it with every project we work on. Our customers appreciate the courtesy and professionalism, we regularly receive 5-Star Google reviews for our exceptional customer service. Going the “extra mile” is how we play to win.

Are you involved with a printer that plays to win or plays not to lose?

Do you have to micro-manage your projects or are you confident in your print team?

If you prefer to work with professional printers, one that take ownership of your commercial printing and interior signage project, wouldn’t you want to depend on a team that Plays to Win?

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