What is Mindset.Delta?
Updated: Oct 23, 2019
There's an old joke about psychiatrists and lightbulbs. If I tell you the punchline you can probably guess the rest: "Only one, but the lightbulb has to want to change." So if you're here, you probably know that Mindset.Delta is about change. The Greek letter delta is frequently used in math and science to represent change; a change in height or volume or time. Here we'll use delta to represent a change in mindset.
Dana Meadows, one the greatest and most under-appreciated thinkers of the 20th century, wrote extensively about change. Perhaps her best-known work Leverage Points, and it changed my life when I read it. In the paper she discusses 12 ways to change a complex system, and they are all worth understanding. But by far the the point with the most leverage is the mindset of the people who are attempting to manage the system. Not surprisingly, it's also the hardest point to move.
So this site, and this company, are about changing mindsets. Whether we're talking about project management, complex system dynamics, lean or six sigma, the goal is the same: change the mindset and you'll change the system.
I have a lot to say. There will be more posts that explain what I mean. Thanks for reading.