“I have OCD — that’s not obsessive compulsive disorder. It’s organization compulsive disorder. I restructure every organization I walk in[to],” says Dr. Dave Ulrich, partner at the RBL Group in Provo, Utah. “I love to study organizations and I love to think about the workplace and how I’d make it better. And I look for ideas. What’s new? What’s fresh?”
Ulrich delivered the closing keynote address of a recent Imagine Your Workplace Conference. His talk related the importance of the “growth mindset” to business success, on both the individual and corporate level. Ulrich asked attendees what they had learned throughout the conference. Responses included the importance of work-life integration as opposed to work-life balance, team engagement, the value of good nutrition and “me time”, improving productivity and the need for mindfulness.
By asking for, and thoughtfully digesting, audience input, Ulrich demonstrated: “The growth mindset means I’m constantly trying to learn. I’m trying to grow. I’m trying to get better”. This view, developed by psychologist Carol Dweck, suggests that the human brain is malleable and your ability to learn can grow. In contrast, a fixed mindset assumes that abilities such as intelligence, talent at work or skill with people are set in stone.