LEAD YP Class #1: Self Awareness

Tyler Riddell, Co-Founder and COO, Something Good Consulting Group

When I walked into the Dallas Regional Chamber February 26, I could not believe a month had passed since the LEAD YP kickoff retreat. Throughout the past month, my classmates and I have learned quite a bit about ourselves through The Predictive Index (P.I.) Assessment. P.I. was extremely accurate for each individual in the group, and many of us were able to not only self-reflect but discuss what we learned with our bosses and colleagues.

As an entrepreneur, my clients are my bosses, so I decided to discuss my results with my business partner. After reading through my P.I., we finally understood why there has been tension when brainstorming. I like to think in my head and then contribute to the conversation. She, on the other hand, brainstorms out loud, and this can be quite frustrating at times. Nevertheless, we finally understand the underlining tension and are more aware of it moving forward.

Following class reflection time, we dug into self-awareness even further. Throughout the class, we focused on models and mindsets. In the model portion of the discussion, we asked ourselves, “How do we get better results?” In order to achieve this, we looked at three other areas: perspective, thinking/beliefs, and behavior. Everyone has a different perspective, a different belief system, and a variety of behaviors. These three things shape our results in life, and the ability to understand each person’s perspectives, beliefs, and behaviors will ultimately allow us to predict results.

The second portion of the discussion covered mindsets, growth and fixed. Growth mindset is creating beliefs based on change, and fixed mindset is creating beliefs based on judgment. Fixed mindsets can be toxic, internally and externally. An example of a fixed mindset is saying, “If I am going to get it wrong, then why am I even doing it.” This prevents pursuing passions and purpose in life, and ultimately, can be debilitating. Growth mindset is recognizing something is difficult but diving into it anyway. An individual with a growth mindset may say, “Failing is okay. It allows me to grow.” Moreover, we discussed that we cannot hide from negatives thoughts; we can recognize them, and then, make sure our next thoughts are positive.

How do you shift from a fixed to a growth mindset?

  • Learn to hear your fixed mindset voice.
  • Recognize you have a choice.
  • Talkback to the fixed mindset voice.
  • Take a growth mindset action.

The DRC’s LEAD YP program is a 10-month leadership development program to help up-and-coming young professionals gain a better understanding of their personal leadership styles and gain new insight on leading and inspiring others throughout their careers.