Change as a springboard for growth
Stepping into this leadership position with HCAO, I'm particularly mindful of the fall study the church I attend in Corvallis has recently begun. It's a focus that, I think, we'd do well to recall within our own organization/movement. It's a concern for growth, but not necessarily numerical growth.
Leaning heavily upon the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, this study challenges us to be mindful of the difference between a "growth mindset" and a "fixed mindset." A fixed mindset assumes that our basic character, intelligence, and creative abilities are static givens, which we cannot change in any meaningful way. Living out of this mindset, people spend their time confirming and reconfirming their perceived intelligence and talent, instead of developing them. Success, from this mindset, is understood to be achieved by talent alone, with little effort.
On the other hand, in a "growth mindset," people believe their basic qualities can be developed through dedication and hard work--brains and talent are simply the starting point. This mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure, not as evidence of unintelligence, but as a springboard for growth and an opportunity to stretch existing abilities. A "growth mindset," according to Dweck, creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
Out of these two mindsets, from a very early age, a great deal of human behavior arises...such as our relationship with success and failure, both personally and professionally, and, ultimately, our capacity for success. (Mindset, Carol Dweck 9-15-16).
In addition to myself, I can't help but think of HCAO, as I consider the setting to apply the lessons from Dr. Dweck. HCAO has experienced significant growth and had its share of successes over the years. Yea! And, yes, especially of late, we've also experienced our share of mis-steps, and we continue to face substantial challenges. We must accept this reality about ourselves.
The critical question is--What is/will be our mindset as we move forward in our cause? Let me assure you that the Board and Iremain steadfastly committed to the cause of bringing health care to everyone in our state (nation);
- are open to forthrightly examining ourselves and our organization;
- are learning from our experiences;
- are adapting our organization as necessary to be successful in 2020;
- are grateful for each and every one of you, who invests yourself so fully in this movement with your energy, time, donations, and insights; and
- need you to continue to be engaged, as we, together, move our cause forward.
It is with your continuing involvement and a "growth mindset" that we will succeed!
--Tim Roach, HCAO President