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How to read the dominant mindset of your organisation – and how to shift it

How to read the dominant mindset of your organisation – and how to shift it

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Every organisation has a dominant mindset, whether it has been consciously created or not. This mindset impacts every aspect of it and can be the difference between success or failure, both of the organisation and of the individuals within it.

A dominant mindset can typically be defined as a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how to interpret and respond to situations. Crucially, within an organisation, this mindset needs to have a clear “owner” – just as the business strategy, sales targets and financial indicators do.  

The challenge for any organisation is first to identify its dominant mindset, understand the factors that created it and then make a deliberate decision to shift it. The next step is to take control of the dominant narratives in the business, reinforcing positive habits and behaviours, and presenting a powerful alternative to preconceived ideas. 

In times of difficulty, when the workforce feels apathy and negativity, identifying and changing the dominant mindset can actually improve business performance and rebuild trust and credibility. But if someone doesn’t “own” or take responsibility for driving the mindset of the organisation, it will simply drift, potentially undermining efforts to succeed. 

The narrative and stories that are told within an organisation’s culture can be the difference between those that are highly motivated and agile, and those that are not. Organisations that have been through tough times need to work harder to shift the dominant mindset and create new stories – establishing a reinvigorated set of narratives that are compelling and motivating. 

At Ludic, we have found the most effective methods and toolsets are those that use the opportunities created by the digital realm and acknowledge the power of working new ideas from the bottom up, as well as the top down. Those that work best are ideas that possess “generative” qualities. 

We have identified four primary factors you can influence that will most affect the mindset of your business and how quickly you can shift it:

Find out more about how Ludic’s unique and proven methods, tools and services can help you take control of the dominant mindset of your organisation, creating powerful new narratives to engage your workforce  – and guide your business’s future success. 

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