What is mindset science? Think of it this way: The way you think about something can actually transform the effect that it has on you—and others. It turns out that mindsets are contagious; the higher up you are in the hierarchy, the more contagious you are. This means that positive thinking can put you and your team on the road to positive outcomes. In this lesson, health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, author of The Upside of Stress, teaches you how to model resilience for your direct reports.
- We know that mindsets are contagious, … and so is stress, … and that can seem like a bad thing. … Sometimes people try to protect themselves … from contagious stress … by staying away from anyone who seems really stressed out, … and you can actually have a relationship … to your own stress … that is more likely to inspire and help others … when you don't try to hide the fact … that you're struggling, … but you also are able to talk about the stress … in a way that suggests … maybe you have a growth mindset, … that you're using it as an opportunity to learn and grow. … (relaxing music) … When you look at, within an organization, … and one thing that really stands out … is that the higher up you are in the hierarchy, … the more contagious you are. … Not everyone is equally contagious. … So as people have more status, more power, … or they're more admired or liked, … any of those ingredients, … their attitudes, their emotions, … even their physiology is more contagious, right. … The physiology of your own stress response …
This course includes videos from:
Dan Pontefract, author and chief envisioner at TELUS
Robert S. Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Stephen Miles, founder and CEO of The Miles Group
Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist and author
Alisa Cohn, executive coach
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