The vote was 14 to 1 in favor, yet the motion failed. Why? Because the body voting is the United Nations Security Council, where five permanent members enjoy veto power.
A company’s new strategic plan gets adopted after the management team votes 5-4 against. Why? The board preferences the votes of the CEO, CFO, COO, and CMO over those from leaders at VP level.
A political candidate wins office after receiving millions of fewer votes than his opponent. Why? It’s a U.S. presidential election, decided not by the popular vote but by the electoral college. Read this great HBR article to find out more!