Why do we need the positive mindset of possibilities?

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Now that we’ve seen the positive mindset compared to a conventional mindset, and how it fits into our stages of human and organization development, let’s look at why this positive mindset is so important. Why would you try to think positive? Isn’t it safer to stay skeptical, or cynical about our current world and workplaces? You’ll save yourself the pain …

Teal Organizations and Cultures

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Let’s continue our discussion of the development stages as described by Frederic Laloux. In Evolutionary-Teal we shift from external yardsticks to internal ones in decision making. It doesn’t matter if I get what I want (Red), I conform to social norms (Amber), I am effective and successful (Orange) or that I belong and have a say (Green). Now, I check: …

Mindset development – where are we headed?

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We’ve discussed the two mental maps of conventional thinking and of positive possibilities – and how they both can help us navigate the many situations we encounter. But, if we are honest, isn’t one better than the other? Isn’t there some evolution in our mindsets? The answer to the latter question is yes. Our world views evolve based on our …

The positive mindset – to broaden your view

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Now that we’ve looked at some models and mental maps, let’s compare the conventional mental map of “control and constraint” with the mindset of positive possibilities. As the world develops, we need to become bilingual to broaden our response repertory and to benefit from both maps. We can let the maps work together as allies to create a positive organization …

Positive possibilities

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Imagine you’re the CEO of a company and a project team proposes a new service. They give you an extensive, enthusiastic presentation. They radiate energy and hope but you just can’t see how this could yield return on investment within an acceptable period of time. Besides, you have more requests for extra funding. You voice your doubts and ask critical …

When on autopilot – is this how you think?

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It’s nice to discuss conventional and positive mindsets, but you’re probably so busy that you don’t normally think about your mental map. When you are busy and functioning on autopilot your conventional mindset is probably the navigator. Does this sound familiar? You hope for the best but prepare for the worst. You are behaving as a Taker, or a Matcher …

Beal: Ego or Spirit

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As we have seen, the givers that Wharton school of business professor Adam Grant identified, can be very successful. They can’t be dismissed as just “happy hippies”. They are people who seem to operate from a different, positive mindset. Coach and consultant Danna Beal, in her book The extraordinary workplace, contrasts ego-driven leaders with enlightened leaders who bring their authentic …

Giving or taking? It depends on your mindset

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Next, let’s move from the Theory X or Y employees, and Hyatt’s scarcity and abundance thinkers, to the givers, takers, and matchers from Wharton professor Adam Grant’s research (from his book “Give and Take – Why helping others drives our success”). Which worldview and associated behaviors prevail in your workplace? Grant: Taker, Matcher, or Giver According to Grant, there are …

Hyatt: Scarcity or Abundance

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What replaces fear? The ability to trust the abundance of life. Old wisdom traditions distinguish two ways to live life: from fear and scarcity or from trust and abundance. Today’s executive and life coaches teach practically the same. The abundance belief operates as “a helpful thought” that enables people to tap into their potential. People will try and achieve more …

Do you believe in abundance or scarcity?

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From Eisenstein’s philosophical broad view that we saw in the earlier post, let’s tune into a more practical application. When we study what the conventional mindset assumes about workplaces and employees, what comes to mind immediately is Theory X as defined by Douglas McGregor. Theory X and Y Theory X assumes that people: Dislike work and will try to avoid …

Mindset: Separation or Interbeing?

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We’ve explored our mental map. Today, let’s see what a positive mindset entails. To clearly discern the positive mindset of possibilities, it is easy to contrast it with the conventional mental map. Even though that may be too dualistic it makes things clear. The conventional mental map and its positive opposite go by many different names, depending on the author. …