February 14, 2011

Seminar 1: How can we change the mindset of leaders in an organization?

Obviously, it is always difficult to change the mindset of leaders. Gardner presented seven methods in changing the idea of people: reason, research, resonance, representational redescriptions, resources & rewards, real world events and resistances. And these approaches should be effective in changing leader's mindset. For example, it is important to indicate a good reason in order to get the support from leaders. Of course, research can seldom be overlooked in justifying your ideas as words alone are no proof and it is hard to let leaders to believe you just according to what you say. Also, resonance is really helpful in mindset change. Without generating resonance with your leaders, it is not necessary and not willing for them to change their mind. It is not hard to understand the contribution of the rest elements to the mindset change of leaders. However, they are our leaders so that we cannot suppose to change them as what we did to our friends and families. Through the seven elements, we can see that communication is quite important in change decision making. Besides, action that shows the benefit we may gain from the decision is another effective way in affecting leaders.

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  1. Hi, Rong. “Without generating resonance with your leaders, it is not necessary and not willing for them to change their mind”. Haha…I totally agree with you ! Yes, resonance is the first important to change mindset. No one wants to be forced to change their mindset. The more force, the more resistance.

    18 Feb 2011, 12:43

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