5 Essential Mindsets for the Modern Change-Maker
Posted February 6, 2017 by +Acumen in Leadership
“The 21st century requires leaders who can navigate the unknown in an ever-changing world and bridge divides.” – Jacqueline Novogratz
There is no shortage of skill-based learning. Whether it’s hard skills like coding and design, or soft skills for communication and making a positive first impression, you are likely to find endless providers who will help you acquire these skills in a few months.
For those looking to make a profound social change in our world, upgrading your skills isn’t going to be enough anymore. Our personal and professional progress often hinges on the changes that take time and perseverance. Society moves forward when change-makers embrace mindsets that focus on possibilities rather than fears.
Here are 5 essential mindsets for the modern change-maker
Don’t lose sight of the ecosystem – Sometimes you need to get out of the bubble to evaluate the issue you’re tackling and the progress you’re making. A systems approach can help you embrace complexity and uncertainty while leveraging them to create sustainable ways to create change. Learn more about systems practice
Let empathy help you see what you’re missing – A social change addendum: always keep the customer in mind. If empathy isn’t at the heart of your process, you may be missing key insights that will help you move your project forward. The Human-centered design course will teach you how. Learn more about Human-centred Design
Done is better than perfect – the only way to keep up with the speed of innovation is to be lean. Pioneered and perfected in Silicon Valley, this idea is more than just a methodology. It’s a way of thinking. The next time you have a new idea, think first how you can test, validate, and adapt your vision. Learn more about Lean start-up principles for social impact
Fight to reduce friction everywhere – No friction is too small in the eyes of behavioural economist Dan Ariely. According to Dan’s research, people don’t make good decisions, not because they don’t have the right information, but because the barrier to making that behaviour change is simply too high. If you want to change a behaviour, then remove the additional steps that are creating tension. Learn more about behavioral economics
Allow yourself to be persuaded – As a leader, changing your mind has always been perceived as a weakness. But, in a world that’s changing faster than ever, successful leaders realize that a genuine willingness to change their own minds is the ultimate competitive advantage. Today’s leaders must be open-minded and possess the persuasive skills on pulling on the right heartstrings. Learn more about Persuadability