Updated: Dec 24, 2018
Ever too often we have heard the term "mindset" being bandied when one refers to matters relating to Leadership, Culture, Design or such. These topics are often treated as abstracts and optionals of life that humans have the leverage to choose at their convenience. Is it really an option?
To get to that question one must first understand this concept of mind. What is it really? Is there a part of a human body that one can identify as mind? Not really! However one can safely relate to the confluence of Thought and Action as the Mind. And that can be set to a certain frequency or a way of response when the stimulus to the brain is conditioned in addition to the popular agreement of Values, Beliefs and Assumptions of an Ethnographic group of people.
Mindset is a consequence of Inquiry
It is safe to establish therefore that mindset is an outcome of Inquiry. Where a constant process of seeking correlates the external and internal to produce thoughts that lead to possible actions. This mindset that is ideally driven by the process of Inquiry produces outcomes that are beneficial to the society and the planet when orchestrated with a growth orientation. The same can be twisted to unhealthy outcomes when driven not by a process of Inquiry but rather by a process of manipulation and lack of integrity.
The Economist Intelligence Unit published its annual Democracy Index 2017 in which it reports that democracy is on the decline in countries all over the world. It is apparently the worst since the aftermath of the global economic crisis. And this is in effect causing both at a societal as well as enterprise level:
Declining popular participation.
Weaknesses in the functioning of governments