How many times have we heard the phrase: “think outside of the box”? Except, seriously, how many people explore the entire spatial volume of what is inside that box, in the first place?
There’s some really solid insights we dismiss or entirely overlook in our rush to find quick fixes to issues. The best solutions, however, are those involving innovative perspective. Where is your innovation located?
One Millimeter Mindset™ shift teaches you how to take another look at what’s inside your glorious brain and start to think about it differently.
When we are younger, and our perceptual portfolio is being formed, we are relentlessly curious about everything. Not only that, we also develop relational thinking: the cognitive ability to recognize and distinguish patterns within and between what we perceive.
We want to explore and learn about what we see, hear, taste and feel. We question mercilessly. How does this work, where does this come from, why is this the way it is, where is this all going?
Over time, we can become lazy. It’s not as though our brains are saturated with knowledge. We have an infinite capacity to learn. So, either we are not encouraged to wonder in the workplace or at home or we are not rewarded for doing so.
As a result, we drift away from forming new relational patterns between old, as well as new, information. Instead, we recycle the successful, or “accepted”, go-to thinking patterns that seem to work for us the majority of the time.
Subsequently, we become frustrated and, over time, complacent. Unconsciously or defensively, either way we gradually reduce the level of curiosity we bring to the workplace. Perhaps unintentionally, we carry complacency into our home places and our social places, as well.
Mindset shift liberates us from our status quo.
One of the goals of mindset shift is creating an editorial filter. Through this lens, we see the same things, but with a different level of scrutiny and relational skepticism. In addition, we are able to view the same things through the eyes of our colleagues and clients. As a result, we correlate what we see with what they see. Often, we arrive at new conclusions to old issues because we combine and recombine information in new ways.
Consider that all of us are in a constant state of digital overwhelm. We try to meet deadlines and keep up with the pace of technology advances in connected workplaces and manufacturing spaces. In addition, we wrestle with cutting through toxic behavior that negatively impacts workplace collaboration.
Instead, wouldn’t it be refreshing to create a mindset shift that cross-trains our brains, energizes and innovates? No matter how innovative we just may be? This strategy is a leadership goal.
Isn’t it time to take a seat at the leadership table? To learn more, reach out to me and let’s discuss a One Millimeter Mindset™ program today.
Babette Ten Haken is a STEM-trained catalyst, corporate strategist, storyteller and facilitator. Her focus? How collaboration revolutionizes and humanizes the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) value chain for customer success and customer retention. Babette’s playbook of IoT team collaboration hacks, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon. Image source: Fotolia.