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Developing a ‘next level’ mindset for leadership in transition. (PART 2)

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Everything is Possible!

As I mentioned last time 20% - 60% of mind set is established in your genes. This means it's important to recognize that 40% - 80% can. Yes, I’m here to tell you, you can change your perspective, change your mindset.

In this second part of Developing a ‘next level’ mindset for leadership in transition we are going to look at how with the right mindset everything is possible!

"With the right mindset and determination, anything is possible." - Rick Hansen

First you’ll need BRAVERY. You must feel fear and anxiety of not knowing whats next and move forward anyway. You must be Brave and face the fear, embrace the fear.

As a side note, here are 4 absolute truths about Fear from Susan Jeffers.

  • Truth #1: Its always with us…The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.

  • Truth #2: The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it.

  • Truth #3: Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, so is everyone else.

  • Truth #4: You’re already handled it.

Secondly, we all need increased EQ: Emotional Alignment. Transitional times (when things are changing) are periods of high emotional charge so we need to lead with empathy and emotional intelligence. Using active listening we need to create an environment of psychological safety for our teams. Remember the Maya Angelo quote. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The more we understand others and their perspective the easier it is to ask them to help find opportunities and solutions to our challenges.

Thirdly, we need to inspire and be inspired by our VISION and PURPOSE. As chief vision officer, we need to inspire the teams we lead through transition with a compelling vision. You and your teams should find the emotional connection between the purpose and themselves, connecting the day to day to the larger purpose. This connection is what will get you out of bed on that cold dark dank November morning.

Fourthly, LEGACY. Tap into that proud feeling of leaving a legacy. We are in this for the long haul. This is bigger than one person. Think generational not my lifetime. Infinite thinking is not about winning the battle or even being in a war with the competition its about leaving a legacy.

Fifth, BELIEVE. Trust in yourself. Develop a mindset of self-worth to trust you can handle the unexpected. Trust in your ability to solve the problems, to figure things out. You might not know everything but you know how to approach that uncertainty so you can be open and comfortable to take controlled risks. You are enough. Understand that everything that has happened to you up to this point was meant to prepare you for this point.

"Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

And finally, give yourself PERMISSION to step outside your comfort zone. Go on you can do it – whats stopping you? Make room make everyone feel comfortable to learn in front of each other vs. putting too much energy into trying to lead with perfection. You can achieve everything you want even if its not perfect.

In summary, because Anything is Possible, we must see vulnerability, resilience, and growth in a positive way.


  • embracing change,

  • fostering a growth mindset,

  • developing resilience,

  • promoting collaboration and communication,

  • leading with empathy,

  • building trust and belief

  • cultivating a vision and purpose,

  • giving yourself permission to succeed

leaders can navigate transitions successfully and drive their organizations towards a brighter future and show everyone Everything is Possible.



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