Unlocking the Power of Your Team’s Mindset for the Future

A Mindset System For Future-Ready Teams

While researching and writing my book, Future-Ready Leadership: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I started to develop an interest in how-to build teams that are future-focused and change-ready.

  1. reconciling how “we’ve always done things” in the past, with
  2. managing the demands of the present, and
  3. preparing for the uncertainty of the future.

Meet the Future Focus Mindsets

Our mindsets work like a mental operating system. They filter information, they drive behavior, they affect how we learn, what we pay attention to, how we feel, what we say, and what we do or don’t do. As such, mindsets have tremendous power over how we “show-up” on a team.

Future Focus Mindsets
Discover why teams new a new Mindset

Five Hacks for Unlocking the Power of Your Team’s Mindsets During Disruptive Change

“The 3 M’s of Agile Leadership” is a tool that I developed and used in Future-Ready Leadership to help leaders build their mindset, toolset, and skillset for change.

Hack #1: Monitor Your Mindset

The first hack is an offensive strategy. Be proactive in monitoring and keeping a pulse on the heart of your organization — your people. While you can’t control the cause of most workplace or market disruption, you can control your response.

  1. hosting a virtual coffee or lunch.
  2. scheduling a virtual breakfast or happy hour with the team to listen to their concerns and hopes for the future.
  3. setting up a 1:1 dialogue to listen to how people’s family lives are changing, how their health is, and what new hobbies they’ve taken up.
  4. bringing members of your team together with members of a cross-functional team to explore a topic or question.
  5. scheduling a team development workshop around the topic of mindsets.

Hack #2: Measure the Mindsets that Matter

If you want to go deeper in using mindset science to unlock your team’s potential, you can measure them directly.

  1. they’re not specific to developing strategic foresight or managing change,
  2. they don’t offer actionable mindset measures or tools for leaders and teams, and
  3. they fail to account for the diversity of mindset types on a team — everyone is either “growth” or “ fixed.” What’s in the middle?
Our Mindsets Drive Team Performance

Hack #3: Modify Through Learning, Planning, and Coaching

Essentially, by giving leaders and employees the right mindset tools, you can empower them to modify their mindset through learning about them. Changing a mindset, according to Dr. Carol Dweck, is relatively easy. A course or lecture on mindsets will do the trick. What’s difficult is sustaining mindset change. This is why you need a system for changing AND sustaining mindset change.

Building a Future-Ready Team starts with Measuring and Individual Discovery

Hack #4: Maintain the Momentum

Agile leaders invest in the maintenance of their people. At the risk of reducing complex human behavior to a set of “mechanisms,” mindset momentum involves continually monitoring and adjusting how we manage our mindsets. Leaders must ask, are we getting the best of our individual and team mindsets? How are we dealing with our blind spots? What’s getting in the way of our desired results?

The essence our shared future will be determined by the quality of the human operating systems and processes we use to deal with uncertainty and manage change.

In 2020, the behavioral landscape has shifted across the globe. The infrastructure has changed. When, where, how, and with whom people are connecting is different. And, from where I sit, we aren’t going back to the past. We’re going to move forward, shaping the future through our teams and through our collaboration. The essence of our shared future will be determined by the quality of the human operating systems and processes we use to deal with uncertainty and manage change.

Building Foundational Knowledge and Skill is Essential

Hack #5: The Path to Mastery

The last hack is mindset mastery. Mastery is a Zen path that has no end, so, as my wife Robin and I say, enjoy the journey.

A sign Robin and I had made to remind us that life is a journey not a destination.
  1. commitment to learning and working with different mindsets on the team.
  2. teaching others and coaching them on their path through change and growth.
  3. curiosity about how to engage and maximize the different mindsets on your team.
  4. resilience and grit for bouncing back from set-backs and team frustrations, and
  5. humility. Mastery is about always keeping a “beginners mind.” It’s about continuous observation and monitoring of how your team is thinking, feeling, and acting.



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Chris Groscurth, Ph.D.

Chris Groscurth, Ph.D.

Leadership Advisor and Author of Future-Ready Leadership: Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He blogs at Leadership4iR.com