Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization
August 13, 2013 Editor 0
We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. How does Atul Gawande (the checklist doctor) get inside my head, when others don’t? Why does Gwyneth Paltrow make me adjust my behaviors, when others can’t?
In business, especially, we’re inundated with new ideas—so many we can hardly process or evaluate them.
If you have tried introducing a new idea into your organization or community—especially if it’s an abstract idea like sustainability, diversity, or innovativeness—you know it’s tough. People may ignore your idea, pooh-pooh it, or just steal it. You put your energy, your reputation, and maybe your future, on the line.
Still, when you have an idea you think is valuable and could change things for the better, some inexplicable force may compel you to “go public” with it. You want to change a prevailing mindset and you’re willing to stick your neck out, at least a little, to do it.
The question is how, especially when you’re not Gawande or Paltrow, to change an organization from the inside when you don’t necessarily have a ton of formal authority on your side.