Most anxious people in the business world have a poverty-mindset
The poverty-mindset is essentially an anxiety based worldview which rests on a number of self-limiting beliefs and assumptions:
- The world is not a bountiful place
- Resources are scarce – there is not enough to go around
- I must hold on to what I have even if better opportunities come knocking
- Disaster is only one decision away
Poverty-mindset lowers organisation morale and limits business growth
When the poverty-mindset overcomes a business the energy required for growth is severely limited, staff morale predictably declines and the energy of the organisation shifts into conservation instead of growth. When the poverty-mindset afflicts an individual (and it often afflicts some of the smartest, most talented people), it invariably leads a person to stay in their comfort zone, be risk-averse and eventually experience burn-out, cynicism and resentment.
The poverty-mindset can insidiously erode entire organisations and the human beings that comprise them. Business coaching and cultural transformation can turn things around but only with a willingness to face the issue, fully recognising that the poverty-mindset is an operational frame which is ill-suited to business growth and staff satisfaction. For individuals, therapy can be helpful to uncover how the poverty-mindset has developed and how it is being maintained.
Are you or your business suffering from the poverty-mindset?