Resources for Developing an Open Mindset

Thank you to Ryan Gottfredson for these resources

Success Mindsets

Books

Articles

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Writing Exercises

  • Identify a time when you learned and benefited from taking in an alternative perspective
  • Identify a time when you learned something that completely changed a prior belief and how that benefitted you
  • Identify a time when you close-mindedly rejected another’s perspective that, in hindsight, was a big mistake
  • Identify topics where it is difficult for you to see value in the alternative perspective and then seek out and write about the value in that alternative perspective
  • Identify how you want to respond the next time you receive constructive criticism
  • Identify a time where you responded to constructive criticism poorly. Why did you do that? What should you have done differently?
  • Identify a time that you took too strong of a stance on a position and identify what you should have done differently

Discussion

  • Try to describe to someone the difference between a closed and an open mindset
  • Try to describe why having an open mindset is so beneficial and why having a closed mindset can be so detrimental.
  • With a partner or group, ask and answer:
    • ▷  When was an instance where you or your team had a closed mindset and how it affected you personally and the broader group?
    • ▷  When was an instance where you or your team had an open mindset and how it affected you personally and the broader group?
    • ▷  It is common for us to shut down the ideas of others?
    • ▷  When are the times that we shut down the ideas of others?
    • ▷  How psychologically safe is our environment?
    • ▷  Do you feel like your opinions count?
    • ▷  How can we help your opinions count more?
    • ▷  What is our culture related to giving and receiving feedback?
    • ▷  Are we intellectually humble?
    • ▷  What are topics that we take a strong stand on? Do we take too strong of a stand on it?
    • ▷  Who is someone that you know that has a closed mindset? How does that limit them?
    • ▷  Who is someone that you know that has an open mindset? How does that empower them?

Self-Talk

  • Am I being open- or closed-minded?
  • How full is my bucket?
  • How would someone who is intellectually humble approach this?
  • What makes them think that?
  • Where are they coming from?
  • What information would they need to have to take that position?
  • When they feel they have a voice, they feel of value

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Published by D. Jeff Heggie

Father, Husband, Coach & Entrepreneur

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