Empowerment Checklist – Respond not React

This is the sixth article in the empowerment series- Respond not React. In 8 Things to Judge if you are Empowered , I wrote that “empowered individuals considered their approach to situations they faced in a calm and collected manner” Responding and not reacting is not a new topic. It is only lately that I have thought about it more deeply. Reading Stoic Philosophy helped this thought process. React and respond have similar definition. The one I like for react is interact and undergo a physical or chemical change. This is the knee jerk reaction which does not engage our rational mind. This may result in actions or words that we later regret very much. I don’t know about you, but I have got into heaps of trouble because of a mouth that loves retorts. I am trying to control this part of my anatomy and happy to note that I am gaining some success. I have not yet found a definition that I like for respond. For the purposes of this article, we can take it as thinking, saying or doing something in reply to something or someone. There are three types of responses that we can make. Responding with productive thoughts Responding with constructive words Responding with constructive actions Let’s look at some situations to reflect on how you respond or react. This way you will get to know yourself better.  Once you are aware of your repetitive patterns, you will be able to take corrective action if these patterns bother you. Treated unfairly Life has its ups and downs. It is rare for anyone not to have unfairness...

Empowerment Checklist- A Growth Mindset

This is the fourth article in this series looking at the the factors that underpin empowerment –  Growth Mindset. In my article 8 Things to Judge if you are Empowered8  I wrote that a growth mindset encouraged individuals to continuously work on their talents and select opportunities that would further their expertise and experience. What is a Growth Mindset Carol Dweck, the Stanford professor who brought this term to the world’s attention, says that “individuals believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work- brains and talents are just a starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment” I think the key words in this definition are dedication,hard work, resilience and the love of learning. Without these factors, we cannot continuously improve and add value to the organisation that we are part of. What is a Fixed Mindset The flip side of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset. According to Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset is “when an individual believes their talents and skills are set in stone – how God made us is basically who we are”. With this mindset, individuals are not open to more growth and learning as they do not think that dedication and hard work will increase the efficacy of their talents. For those of you who would like to go into more depth what Carol Dweck says on Growth Mindset here are some links. It is interesting that she says that we are all a mixture of growth and fixed mindsets. She also says we should be mindful...