Shifts In Strategy Require Shifts in Mindsets
When strategies, leaders, systems, or organizational structures change, the way people think and behave needs to change accordingly. As you contemplate changes at work to improve performance, don’t neglect the “soft side” of organizational change. Few transformations reach their goals without knowing how to shift mindsets at work.
Examples of the most common shifts in mindset at work are observable changes in leadership, communication, decision making, information sharing, customer focus, business acumen, entrepreneurship, resilience, adaptability, and collaboration across teams and functions. These are all core competencies on the soft side of leadership and can be measured in leadership simulation assessments. They also shape your workplace culture.
We know from our organizational alignment research that workplace culture — how work gets done — accounts for 40% of the difference between high and low performing companies. Though culture was once considered “soft,” it has a hard effect on the bottom line. How people think, behave, and work matters. And any real workplace transformation will fall flat unless you include plans to shift mindsets — the basis for successful culture change.
How to Shift Mindsets at Work
If you can effectively shift employee mindsets, their behavior will follow. Based upon data from when we assess organizational culture, here are some tips on how to shift mindsets at work:
The Bottom Line
High performance cultures often require specific behavior shifts not just in actions, but also in underlying mindsets, beliefs, and attitudes. Are you doing all you can to improve the odds of transformation success by focusing on both the hard and soft sides of culture change?
To learn more about how to shift mindsets at work, download The 3 Levels of a High Performance Culture that You Must Get Right
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