In this edition ... Improve Your Success Mindsets ... A Look at the Birthplace of Innovation... Solving Problems Differently... Solve People Issues Fast...
Here is your weekly installment of Tuesday Traction Points - Key things I'm seeing and experiencing that give me, and the entrepreneurs I work with, Traction!
Book I'm Reading
I heard Ryan Gottfredson talk about his book Success Mindsets on a Whitney Johnson Disrupt Yourself Podcast. As a fan of Carol Dweck and her book Mindset, I was intrigued to hear Ryan talk about mindsets beyond the familiar Growth vs. Fixed. He explores Open vs. Closed, Promotion vs. Prevention, and Outward vs. Inward mindsets.
Take his free Personal Mindset Assessment to learn more about how your mindsets are impacting your thinking, behavior, and success. I took the assessment and was surprised by some of the results. I am finding that my awareness of different mindsets is helping me recognize when I'm in the negative side of a mindset so I can open up to a more positive approach... and create success faster.
Also, take a look at my blog post from "Thinking Our Thinking is the Best Way to Think" a few weeks ago.
Show I'm Re-Watching
You don't have to watch an episode of the Netflix series Chef's Table for long to recognize the passion and innovation of the chefs they cover. This week I rewatched an episode from season 4 about Christina Tosi. She is the founder of Milk Bar and is famous for her innovative pastries like the 'Naked Cake' and 'Crack Pie'. I was fascinated by her use of breakfast cereal flavored milk in different recipes. Here's a link to her best-selling cookbook.
In each episode of Chef's Table you get an intimate look at the birthplace of innovation... that elusive intersection of creativity, memories, necessity, constraint and passion. As I watch the process of creation unfold in these shows I get inspired for creation and customer service in my business!
YOUR PEOPLE ISSUE MAY BE BIGGER THAN YOU REALIZE
by Mike Kotsis on May 22, 2020
Some time ago I had a conversation with a client’s Integrator. This was one of those lessons-learned conversations that are painful to have, but are fertile soil for learning and growing. They had just fired an employee and it didn’t go well.
In our conversation, I learned that this was a person we had people analyzed a year and a half earlier, in an Annual Planning Session. He had failed the People Analyzer™ at that time, but the leadership team was reluctant to let him go. Instead, they decided to start a “three-strike” process.
As it turned out, they never followed through. They talked themselves out of it, and 18 months later, the employee felt blindsided by the termination.
It was a painful and difficult termination, but the leadership team’s actions had farther-reaching effects as well. Not only did this People Issue impact the company’s internal operations, but it also impacted their clients.