Tag Archives: Mindset

13 Guidelines for Navigating the New Decade Ahead

In 2009, after a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Summit (Russia’s Davos), I wandered into a  panel discussion on the topic of trade wars, led by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. My thought was: “why this topic?” Trade wars were not on most people’s radar, certainly not mine. But the question is: should they have been? I’ve been ruminating of late about ...

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6 Ways to Grow Your Curiosity

Holding a curious mindset is a great starting point when you’re leading your team or organization. If you’re in a truly new space, you won’t always know the answers. Your team won’t either. You’re going to venture into the unknown together. Curiosity is a great way to lead that charge.” –Tim Brown, IDEO CEO Premise: It is human tendency to ...

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The Only Difference: Mindset

The Only Difference: Mindset

The same truths not brought into action present themselves as lessons, on-going themes. This one rings with more truth every time I encounter it. Mindset is the real pivot point, the only true sustainable, competitive advantage (other than exclusivity, which is always temporary) for organizations that want to flourish.

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Innovation Starts…OR Ends with Mindset

In her bestselling book Mindset, psychologist Carol Dweck argues that people who see their skills as a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses tend not to achieve much. On the other hand, those that see their skills as dynamic and changeable are able to continually grow their abilities and soar to great heights. Businesses are the same way. Most see their business ...

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The Eight Change Mindsets

The Eight Change Mindsets

If your organization is seeking to create a continuous change capability, it must have a strong focus on increasing its organizational agility. As you use the Change Planning Toolkit™ to kick off your next project or your next change initiative, keep thinking about what the minimum viable progress (MVP) might be in order to maintain momentum. This is very similar to the idea of a minimum viable product, a key lean startup concept popularized by Eric Ries, author of the bestselling book, The Lean Startup.

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Time to Find Your Innovation Catapult

We all know that innovation is about challenging the status quo. Because of this, there are many barriers to innovation that exist within organizations that try to prevent innovators from storming the castle gates and disrupting what is safe, comfortable, and successful. So what is an innovator to do?

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Go to your Dojo

In ordinary parlance, a dojo is a place where martial artists convene to work out, train, and hold contests. But, literally translated it is Japanese for the location of the way. The way is more than the way of the martial artist, more than the way of judo, karate, tai kwan do, or whatever system of combat.

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Innovation – For Tourists or Travelers?

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” G. K. Chesterton The traveler strikes the right balance between the wanderer’s open-minded absence of direction, and the tourist single-minded destination focus. Like the tourist, the traveler knows the value of setting a direction and charting a course. Like the wanderer, the traveler knows the ...

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