“Every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go – backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough.”
― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Breakdown to Breakthrough
Which Direction Do You Want to Go for
Food for Thought: How do you create a paradigm-breakthrough mindset when others still work with a traditional one? Many leaders in the workplace have lost their competitive edge. Some due to their leadership style that is outdated, where others cling onto the traditional ways of working their employees. If you are going to thrive in today’s business climate, you need to be more creative and innovative. In doing so, your employees need to work differently as if they were their own entrepreneurs.
Working for you is one thing. Working as an employee is another. Then working as an employee where you actually work as an “entrepreneur” where the company wants you to break the rules as an employee and create and produce breakthrough results is something totally different. This is where the leaders of the company have different expectations of you and you get to use your strengths, skills and talent to tap your maximum hidden potential and get paid more than being a regular employee.
Changing the mindset of an organization is not easy. The factors constituting organizational empowerment create a change in the mindset of the organization. Most leaders give instructions for an assignment, task or project to their employees. If an employee has a problem such as an obstacle/barrier, they typically run to their supervisor or manager. Employees rely on someone telling them what to do. This transformation is a “change” in mindset.
Individual’s behaviors and achievements come from the way in which they view the world. This ‘world view’ is formed over a person’s lifetime and is shaped by many factors
Employees who have entrepreneurial mindsets are empowered by their leaders to think differently when creating and producing breakthrough results. You do not have to own a business to be an entrepreneur. Many people with an entrepreneurial mindset sometimes do not start their own companies for years or may not do so at all. Entrepreneurs provide direction and take immediate action on things they have control over.
“There is one major requirement when having an entrepreneur mindset, and its learning to step outside of your comfort zone and remain there on a regular basis”
Leaders need to assess the skills and talent of their employees and see if they are capable of tapping into their hidden abilities to create and produce higher performance levels.
Employees follow the crowd, create and produce the same results 5 days every week. Employees need someone to motivate them. Employees have limited resources and need permission to go outside-the-box, are not willing to take risks, are responsible to themselves, are clock-watchers as they work for so many hours per day and get paid for those hours, and have a limited career path. Employees focus on the problem and not get to the root cause of the problem or challenge.
The goal for many leaders is to transform each employee’s ability and commitment to perform in the top 10% of their organizations leaders. The entrepreneur mindset is opportunity driven toward extraordinary results. Entrepreneurs have a vision and a goal they work toward. Entrepreneurs are self-motivated. Entrepreneurs are creative and innovative, and can work using these resources. Entrepreneurs who work for employers have a mindset that is creative and think inside and outside-the-box, willing to take risks and learn new strategies for higher performance, are accountable and responsible for themselves and for what they create, are not clock-watcher and do not mind working longer hours to get their work accomplished. Finally, entrepreneurs are solution-oriented.
Since people are different and unique in how they think and do things. The idea of creating and producing extraordinary results essentially needs your employees to shift their thinking from an “employee mindset” to an “entrepreneurial” one in order to achieve greater performance. When your employees begin to think proactively, then breakthrough results occur.