One Cause of Interpersonal Conflict in the Workplace: Mindset

Chris Young
April 26, 2009 — 2,241 views  
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The human mind is a powerful "engine".  One's Mindset is a powerful contributor to how one "sees" their future as "half full" or "half empty".

According to Wikipedia, Mindset is the...

Set of assumptions, methods or notations held by one or more people or groups of people which is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviours, choices, or tools.

My interpretation of Mindset - One's Mindset is a pattern of systemic thinking created by and uniquely held by each person. 

Rainmakers work on their mindset all the time and seek to create their future! 

How does Mindset lead to conflict?  In the cases where two or more people have different Mindsets. 

For example - We have all been around negative people who see only the worst in every situation.  Initially, these people may be interesting - perhaps even fascinating.  Soon, the energy drain reaches a point where a person needs to get away.  If one cannot get away from others whose mindset is in conflict with ours, the results are highly predictable - conflict.

I call this "Mindset Conflict".

Interestingly - how "Mindset Conflict" manifests itself can be interesting.  It all depends upon who has the power.

I had a Client with a CEO whose mindset right now is of "doom and gloom" even though his company is doing extremely well in the down economy.  His mindset is driving the rest of the team nuts but no one on the team will approach him on it.  Instead - the management team members are doing their best to forge the path ahead to keep their teams energized as best possible. 

Now go Maximize Possibility!

Chris Young helps organizations Maximize Possibility through talent management, cultural transformation, and strategic intervention.

Chris Young


The Rainmaker Group is a human talent maximization company specializing in helping organization maximize their bottom lines by improving employee retention, hiring the best talent possible, and strategic talent management and coaching services. From the Fortune 50 corporation to the small medical office, The Rainmaker Group guarantees lasting organizational change via a unique blend of energy, insight, and science to maximize talent, transform organizational culture, and provide strategic intervention.