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The Most Important But Least Recognized Variable in Business
Two years ago, I clicked on a link in my social media feed that set me off on an unexpected adventure. I had just watched a TedX talk by Michael Neil called Why Aren’t We Awesomer?
To my surprise, I learned something about how our mind works that impacted me immediately and forcefully. Words fail to describe it, but it was an immediate Big Aha that rocked my world!
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That Big Aha led me to dive deeper into Michael’s work and that of others whose work is grounded in The Three Principles. My research led me to interview not only Michael Neill but also five other experts and leaders in this area. One of those persons was Dr. Dicken Bettinger, Founder of Three Principles Mentoring.
One of the most compelling ideas that Dicken shared with me was this:
I’m pretty sure that before this time, I would not have totally agreed with this idea. But after this experience and a new understanding of mindset, it would be at the top of my list.
Our Experience Is Not Created by Circumstance
I think one of the most useful concepts to come out of learning more about mindset is the idea that what we experience is not created by circumstance. This is huge.
I’m not entirely free of my circumstances impacting my experience, but I have experienced a dramatic shift in this area. I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all been conditioned to respond and react directly to our circumstances.
Here a few of the many takeaways from my interview with Dicken:
- State of mind is the biggest determinant of how productive people are and how well they listen and communicate.
- When people realize their own thinking is the problem, they can take responsibility for their own state of mind.
- Our state of mind is determined 100% by thought—not circumstance.
- When people aren’t wedded to their own ideas, magic can happen.
- Everybody has a sense of what would make things better, so asking people what they think makes a big difference.
- Employees can help management be more reflective by asking better questions.
- Healthy companies focus on the customer, not problems.
- Do I know where my feelings are coming from is one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves.
- Ultimately, collaboration is not just an interaction between two people but is a listening for shared wisdom.
There’s a lot more in the full interview, so I hope you will pick up a copy of The Future of the Workplace and discover more from Dicken Bettinger.
What people are saying about The Future of the Workplace –
Congratulations!! on a brilliant book that I know has come from real life experiences of experts in the workplace — enhanced by your unique ability to synthesize, distinguish and expand on as practical wisdom. What an important work this is — as the Future is literally here now.
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FORWARD21: top articles that got my attention
What Is a Titanic Mindset?⎜Milhan Bajic
The Biggest Mindset Shift You Can Make on Social Media⎜@MrsKatSulli
The transition to leadership ⎜Seth Godin
What’s the Difference Between Information and Wisdom?
Innovation Discovery and How to Do It the Right Way⎜Rod Collins
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