Developing a Quantum Mindset
Our mindset is a collection of beliefs and assumptions as to how the world works. These beliefs and assumptions drive how we go through our daily lives. For instance, if through social conditioning and personal experience, I develop a belief that people really don’t like or want to work, I might very well become a Theory X manager, a term coined by Douglas McGregor( 1). As a result of this belief, my management style might be one of closely supervising people and introducing policies and procedures to keep them in line and on track. The Theory Y manager is just the opposite. She believes that people, by nature, are self-motivated to want to do a good job and can be trusted to do so, according to McGregor. As a result of his mindset, the Theory X manager adopts a predominant management style of being a task master, where his Theory Y counterpart becomes a relationship manager.
As we’ll see, not all mindsets are appropriate to all projects. What I refer to as the quantum mindset, one that assumes change to be the norm, is better suited for extreme projects. Conversely, the Newtonian mindset, based on a worldview that stability is the norm, is better suited for traditional projects.
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