Organizations typically reward critical thinking, analysis, knowledge acquisition and verbal communication. As a result, the strong tendency is to draw most of our potential from the domain of our intellect or “head center.” However, leaders managing complexity and ambiguity, often with diverse and geographically dispersed teams, also need to sharpen their emotional intelligence and leadership presence. Successful leaders rely on not one but three centers of intelligence: head, heart and body. Cultivating and integrating all three centers for optimal performance and success is core to the learning journey with Campana.
Drawing from research by Dr. Carol Dweck at Stanford University, one’s mindset either facilitates growth or inhibits it. In a fixed mindset, the aim is to achieve validation by constantly trying to prove him or herself, with a high sensitivity to being wrong or making a mistake. So, failure brings doubt and diminished self-confidence. As a result, the leader becomes anxious and vulnerable to setbacks or criticisms. A growth-mindset is about achieving mastery and competence based on the belief that personal qualities can be learned, developed or cultivated. Setbacks are viewed as learning moments and not as a judgment of personality, potential or value. A person with a growth mindset is eager to learn and enjoys exploring, experimenting and taking on new challenges.
Excellence is a habit as much as an outcome. Anything worthwhile takes practice and perseverance. When inviting change and growth, successful leaders and teams understand there are no shortcuts. As athletes, artists and innovators intrinsically understand, the difference between excellence and mediocrity are often small, consistent and intentional acts and not grand sweeping gestures that may result in a momentary shift. It’s the consistent small moves or the subtle pivots that lead to transformation.
Leaders that embrace continuous, life-long learning create present and future conditions that propel the organization forward. Cultivating a genuine curiosity for knowledge outside traditional disciplines, belief in the value of diverse perspectives and a healthy dose of humility is at the heart of innovation. We believe that when teams co-create by embracing learning as a fluid, joyful, interdependent and never-ending process, their potential is limitless.