On today’s show, we discuss how mindset can accelerate change in your organization.
Robert Overweg is the founder of the Adaptable Mindset program. He and his team empower people to develop their own Adaptable Mindset, to develop mental flexibility.
Robert has over a decade of experience in innovation and digital transformation with clients like Vodafone, Liberty global, eBay, Heineken, a variety of startups, and innovative schools.
He is also an artist and exhibited at the Centre Pompidou and the media biennial in Seoul.
As a frequent speaker at institutes like MIT, SXSW, and the European Commission. Robert speaks about ways to use tech to work smarter and add value to the world.
What drives resistance to change?
This is often systemic in our culture. Parents and schools typically encourage compliance, rather than critical thinking and autonomy. We are taught to compartmentalize, and openness is discouraged or punished. We need to begin to shift from factory-worker mentality to mind-worker mentality.
Where do you start in an organization to make change?
Usually with the CTO or head of product. First we assess how the people work and what the biggest challenges are. We may do workshops with teams to connect with what they find meaningful and energizing. Once they are in the right mindset, we can ask questions about what they might like to improve.
How do you make these positive changes individually?
Each person should assess how they are doing. Then think about the possibilities. Small steps, such as turning notifications off for a certain time to allow for deep thoughts. Be courageous to try it out and build on it if it works for you.
Is there a systematic way to move through this and evaluate it?
- Expand your mind – connect to the things that inspire you. This allows you to see more possibilities and open doorways in your mind.
- Focus on creating brain space – how can we eliminate unnecessary time-wasters to create space? Even 5 minutes a day to look at an art piece or learn something new can make a difference.
- Take care of your own mental well-being – exercise, strength training, meditation, running, etc. What works for you?
- Change your vocabulary and how we speak to each other. Phrases like “There’s no way that will work” can change to “How might we adapt things to make this work?”
Quick exercise to use to help get started:
- Think of 5 things that really inspire you and give you energy.
- Rate 1 to 10 how important they are to you, then rate how integrated they are in your life. Note where you need to integrate more of the things that are important to you.
- Take small steps forward, and don’t wait for permission. Create your own momentum, and others will join you.
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