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Mindset of Race

July 29th, 2009

I was going to start breaking out the acronym of Mindset in this blog however the current news frenzy is too rich to pass up…

The most recent has to do with Dr. Gates, Harvard professor, being arrested for something… be it breaking in to his own home, being argumentative with police, or being profiled (I do not pretend to know what occurred).

What was apparent to me and some talk show guests I watched a couple days ago is that there were assumptions made regarding race, specifically black verses white and white verses black.  Although the main players in this situation, Dr. Gates and the arresting police officer, are both educated and familiar with diversity and appropriate approaches to situations… the interpretation to date of the situation indicates that both reverted from their intellectual knowledge to cultural reactions.

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Game of Mindset

July 22nd, 2009

I have been getting Google alerts for the past year whenever the word Mindset appears in a published article or online news release. I admit I have been amazed at the consistent use of the word and in the broad applications. Everything from sports (golf, basketball, baseball, football, swimming, soccer, etc) to politics (local, state, national and International) to economics (investing, spending, stock market)  to education to health to … you get the idea.

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Mindset verses skill set

July 15th, 2009

Since this blog is focused with the Power of Mindset, I thought it appropriate to express how Mindset is different from skill set.

What is the definition of Mindset? According to, there are several:

— noun

1. an Attitude, disposition, or mood
2. an Intention or inclination
3. a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations.

What is the definition of skill set? According to a Google search, skill set is a combination of words and is not in as a single word. Further research revealed:

— noun
1. The skills needed to accomplish a specified task or perform a given function.

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Power of Mindset

July 9th, 2009

Welcome to this blog about the Power of Mindset.

Why do a blog about Mindset? In the last 20 years of my personal leadership consulting, an individual’s mindset has consistently been a critical aspect of their success. Often they had the skill set needed for success yet they were not applying what they knew or they behaved in such a way that they sabotaged their progress.

I view mindset as the current frontier of ensuring success. Sure it has been referenced, discussed and approached in various ways over the years. However, what I have observed is that it is often reported that changing a mindset is a hard and difficult process. I agree IF you continue to approach changing a mindset through traditional methods. There are current processes that allow for simple, quick and sustainable change.

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