Our premier event, innovation2018, is themed ‘Fit for the Future’. The terms, fixed and growth mindset stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives.
Dweck says “The growth mindset says all of these things can be developed, and the fixed mindset says, the ideal is instant, perfect, and perpetual compatibility.”
The casual reader assumes a fixed mindset is bad and a growth mindset is good. My contention is that a combination of both is best and a combination that takes the best of both will deliver resilience with short and long term performance for teams.
In a recent article from Darrell Mann, “Resilience: Operational Excellence And Innovation” he highlights the need for a combination of excellence and innovation.
If you ever have the opportunity to talk to an ultra-marathon athlete you will quickly ascertain that they see the world differently to most. A lay-person tends to think that the ability to run an ultra-marathon is achieved through training. Gradually building ability by running progressively greater distances. This is classic Operational Excellence thinking.
I propose very few ultra-marathon runners are Operational Excellence people. I propose instead that when they tell you that running very long distances is about 10% physical fitness and 90% mental toughness, they’re telling you that the critical skills that will get you to the finish line are largely about developing the mental ability to deal with whatever the race deals you.
Race success comes from extreme resilience, the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, no matter what happens, whether it be blisters, running out of water, plummeting night-time temperatures or midday desert conditions. Ultra-marathon runners are, I believe the go-to people when it comes to the skills needed to plough your way through the trials and tribulations of at least the initial phases of any innovation project.
High mental resilience and persistence are the two dominant capability needs when it comes to innovation.
The term ‘Fit for the Future’ comes from the need of people and work teams to have both excellence or fit in their area of work or specialty AND the ability to create change, to persevere against adversity. Together excellence and innovation provide teams with the best capabilities to succeed in the long term.
Hear from our experts at innovation2018 sharing their knowledge to guide you to be ‘Fit for the future of work’.
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