Brilliant Or Blunder- Key Mindsets For Leaders

Eileen Bild had an opportunity to interview Dr. Mary Lippitt, an award-winning author of “Brilliant or Blunder  6 Ways Leaders Navigate Uncertainty, Opportunity and Complexity,” and founder of Enterprise Management Ltd.

Dr. Lippitt is the pioneer of 6 Success Mindsets that comprise the Leadership Spectrum Profile. Take a few minutes to read and learn why mindset is so relevant in leadership and how to achieve excellence through applying the six key mindsets of the Leadership Spectrum Profile. These mindsets together help leaders to understand their current thinking while producing concrete action steps and definitive questions to guide their performance in leadership.

There are six key mindsets in her Leadership Spectrum Profile, where she not only helps leaders to understand where their thinking is currently operating but gives concrete action steps and definitive questions that guides one for success in leadership.

As a pioneer in focusing on results, Mary has been consulting for over 30 years enabling organizations to thrive in a world of constant change. As you read through this interview, you will have a sense of what it takes for breakthrough performance and maximizing leadership skills.


EB: You are an author, leadership expert, and columnist. Your book, Brilliant or Blunder, reveals six key mindsets that leaders can choose from before making a costly error. Please share what is most important in our mindset that will guide us to success.

ML: My book highlights the need for people to actually think. Organizations tend to go with their gut, intuition, habits, and past practice. These are great when a situation is routine and is about tradition. But, when we face complexity, uncertainty, and change, I’m suggesting we actually step back and think about something in a slow way. 

My goal is to give people a blueprint, a checklist, so they can achieve results. What they need is an open mind, a lot of curiosity, and a willingness to accept the world as it is, rather than what they want it to be. The ability to let go of habits, reflect on things, and confer with others is critical.  We cannot rely on the past to guide our future.

EB: Leadership requires decision making and positive influence. As a thought leader, what have been the best decisions you have made for your career?

ML: I found, writing the book was a great decision since it organized my thoughts. I am also pleased with the decision since I see that as a gift to help leaders make the right call at the right time. Being able to help others translate theory into reality is rewarding.

For example, entrepreneurs are so focused on the new idea, getting to market & funding, they don’t always see the whole picture.  The Mindset checklist is a tool they can use effectively to avoid mental blinders.

EB: How do you positively influence your clients?

ML: I have an ethical standard that one of my roles is to make sure when I leave a client, they have the tools to carry on without me. I leave them with a mindset checklist they can hold onto and apply. For every mindset, there are eleven questions they can ask, so when they are confronted with a complex situation, they can run through the list and make sure they have all the information. This also becomes a tool they can use with their staff.

Frequently leaders are frustrated when their staff does not finish assignments with the expected quality or timeliness.  As a result, they stop delegating robbing others of developmental opportunities and overloading their plates.

By using the checklist, it improves autonomy and job satisfaction. If you don’t apply the work right away, it gets lost.

There are six mindsets and each focuses on a distinct goal and outcome. Read the full interview at BizCatalyst360 –https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/brilliant-or-blunder-key-mindsets-for-leaders/#

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