Our reader poll today asks: How do most leaders in your organization view the world?
- An abundance mindset: There’s plenty of rewards to go around, so focus on making the pie bigger: 54%
- A scarcity mindset: There’s only so much to go around, so you should fight for a bigger share of the pie: 46%
There’s plenty for everyone. While an abundance mindset is more prevalent, it’s not by much. For the 46% of you living in a scarcity mindset, recognize the anxiety it causes and the innovation it stifles. Only seeing what is available today prevents creativity, partnerships, and expanded opportunities. Challenge yourself to ask how you can make the pie bigger for yourself. Are there organizations you can partner with to get into new markets, products, or services? Are there new customers you can serve? Are there new projects you can propose internally that could create promotion opportunities for people? Stop limiting yourself to what is going on today. Every time you hear someone propose a limit, see if you can think of ways to expand that boundary. You won’t be able to do it for everything but you may surprise yourself with how big you can make the pie!
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.