The more I read about the science and art of mindset, the more I think, it is one of the most misunderstood triggers in human hands. You can use it or you can throw it away.
With it, you can either pull the trigger to fire yourself or your organisation up for success or safety, or you can just hold on to it and until your time is up. Ouch, what a loss!
Carol Dweck, Standford University psychologist has researched extensively on the fixed and growth mindsets for decades. She says teaching it can boost “motivation and productivity.”
People with the fixed mindset believe that their intelligence, talent are limited, while people who have the growth mindset believe their abilities are extendable ie can grow with effort.
In my understanding, those with the fixed mindsets hold on to the trigger and never unleash, while those with the growth mindset unleash it harness their full potential in many fields.
What are the implications of this on safety and resilience in modern organisations? It means everything because organisations are defacto outcrops of their people and their mindsets.
By extension, organisations that predominantly unwilling to learn new ways can be dangerously unsafe while those that are teachable, are more and can be relatively safer.
To a large extent, an organisation ‘s propensity to be either mindset gives us a clue of their inclination, thanks in part to its culture, leadership, beliefs and systems.
Practical Application to Safety and Resilience
The view that an organisation adopts can either undermine or promote its ability to be safe or unsafe. If an organisation adheres to IQ testing, it falls on the fixed mindset trajectory.
Thus in essence, a safety-conscious organisation must adopt a growth mindset because this underscores its ability to adopt new ways, tools and processes that enhance its relative safety.
Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers ever was once very uncoordinated. Think about Hogan. How did he go on to be one of the best if he had such a debilitating flaw?
What can you learn from Hogan, Mozart, Michael Jordan and Mohamed Ali to beef up your resiliency in the face of turbulence?