Sunday, September 29, 2013

From Mind ‘Set’ to Mind Flow

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. -Dorthea Brande

Change is about moving forward and improving. People are complicated, probably the most complicated 'thing' on the planet, but it doesn't mean we can't change to improve who we are and what we're doing, the critical step in change is to change one’s mindset, perhaps our mind should never get set, but keep flowing, to compete with the speed of the machine, the speed of wind, the speed of light….

 Mindset is at the heart of our belief system. These are beliefs that we all hold and have formed over time via education culture, or hard experience. It is in the individual's mindset to either adapt or embrace the change(s).  It has been said that "To embrace change requires a change of mindset at every level and an understanding that things cannot stay the same. This is the groundwork that has to be done at all levels prior to initiating major change”.

Shiftmindset’ to mind-scope or mind-flow, so that it allows the mind to seek possibility. It requires that we move from one mind SET to mind FLOW, from fixed mind to growth mind. What is needed right now is continuous change and flexibility of our mind, completely away from being set in a fixed way, to put another way, our mind needs to be continually sharpened & shaped in order to adapt to the changes.

The corporate culture is the collective mindset of organization:
On one level, you have the organizational mindset, this is usually experienced as "the way we do things around here". The prevailing management paradigm can be moved from command and control to system thinking through intervention and then results in the prevailing culture or organizational mindset changing. By implication, those at the lower level in the hierarchy are liberated to think and behave differently by this change. You end up with people who view the design and management of work differently. 

One’s mind is not necessarily as old as one’s age. The world we see is dependent on the lens of proximity, the openness of mind and the perception of eyes. The other level is the individual mindset or "personal paradigm". This is much deeper. It is related to your functioning as a person - how you think about yourself and the world. Believe it or not, this is the biggest single contributor to how you act in a business situation. Changing this takes a substantial intervention on an individual level, working to expose and unravel the existing personal paradigm and then introduce a new paradigm. The wise man does not grow old, but ripens.  -Victor Hugo

Leadership is a light to guide the change; while people only change when seeing the light or feel the heat. The spirit of an organization comes from the top, at the leadership level, mind shift from the top is a prerequisite for any change management effort. However, at the staff level, there is a saying- 'people only change when they see the light or feel the heat' and it mainly seems to be the heat factor. Change in mindset follows the change in behavior, it does not precede it. Change in behavior usually follows change in the environment;  this is what the data tells. 

Changing the mindset is certainly the most important thing in effecting change
- as the level of the mindset that is changed affects the scope and longevity of improvement in an organization. Part of the challenge is the Mindset of those initiating the change. Those who are leading the change must first examine their own mindset. This may include but not be limited to:
1). Their mindset about how easily or difficult the change will be to complete
2). Their methodology about how change is done
3). Their perceptions of the players who will be in the change initiative
4). Their decision making about the direction of the change
5). The degree, scope, and nature of the change required

A healthy mind is like a running river, keep flowing, keep open, keep cleanse;  keep touch, to prepare for merging into the sea....Changing mindset is challenging, from the set of constant such as fixed mind, closed mind, control mind, negative mind to the set of X-variables such as open mind, positive mind, growth mind, empowerment mind., etc. Change mindset is a choice of life, as only you can change you that includes your mindset. And that’s the only way to make mankind’s progress.  “Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.”-Victor Hugo 


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