03.13 - Shifting Mindsets

Shift Your Use of Time to Shift Your Mindset

Paul Bennett, Chief Creative Officer at Ideo, a global design consultancy, reports on how he uses his work time.  "I sit down and look at my calendar every Sunday night, pore through my coming week's meetings and cancel a bunch of them -- redundant ones where I don't need to be "in the loop," ones where there is an opportunity for someone else to make a decisions, ones that don't particularly inspire me, or ones where I can't really add value." (NYT, 2/16/14)

Shifting mindsets isn't just a disciplined cognitive act , shifts can occur by changing how you work, who you work with, and how you manage your time.


Mindset Shifts for Leaders

From Ruling to Serving

From Withholding Trust to Cultivating Trust

From Accountability to Development

From a Focus on the Worker to a Focus on the Person

From Certainty to Inquiry

From Tellling to Encouraging

From Self to Others

From Short-term to Long-Term

From Pride to Humility

Your Mindset Controls What You See Attitudes and beliefs impact perception.

Ask yourself, how often do I:

  1. Find myself saying the same things and not believing them?
  2. Try to persuade people I am right in order to exert control?
  3. Find myself defending my point of view?
  4. Justify the status quo?

Shift to Empathy

Self-absorption...kills empathy.... When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large...... when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind...and we increase our capacity for connection - or compassionate action.      

- Daniel Goleman -

A Potentially Valuable Mindset Shift

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

- Eleanor Roosevelt -