Philip Goldman: “Why having the right attitude is key to business success”
Psychologist and Nazi prison camp survivor Viktor
This freedom, he went on to say, makes it clear
Everything is an opportunity
I’ve talked before about the importance for leaders of having a ‘growth mindset’ versus a ‘fixed mindset’ and Frankl captures that idea perfectly. In essence, it is the difference between someone who sees everything around them as an opportunity and every experience as a chance to learn and build their character; whereas someone without that attitude believes their character is fixed and there is nothing to be gained by challenging their assumptions and established way of thinking.
I’m a big fan of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’: “If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster; And treat those two impostors just the same…” Having the right attitude to life runs throughout this famous poem and a feeling that if a human can cultivate the right attitude, they will always get by and will ultimately succeed, “Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…”
The importance of agile
For businesses, we hear a lot about needing to be more agile to succeed in today’s
If a leader has aspirations for their business of agility, then they must do all they can to develop the right attitude by creating an environment where people are willing to reveal their vulnerabilities and be authentic; where the leaders themselves have acquired the skills and understanding to develop their own growth mindset – the right attitude – so they can be role models to everyone else throughout the organisation.