Scarcity vs Abundance Mentality

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Your view of the environment around you makes a difference in your decisions.  For example, in your job, your marriage, and your life in general.  What does it feel like when everything is scarce or everything is abundant?  Having a scarcity mentality assumes that there is not enough to go around.  Not enough opportunity, not enough money, not enough love, etc. 

In an organization, this view poisons the growth of both the manager(s) and employees.  This mentality in turn inhibits the overall growth or greater success of an organization.  A leader with a scarcity mentality may hold on to their position at all cost because they fear their position being lost to someone else.  If you think about it, this mentality is based on the fear of “there is not enough to go around.”  It creates an environment of greed, with attitudes like, “It’s mine….it’s all mine.”  Employees want opportunity for growth, promotions, success, etc.  A successful organization gives people opportunities for growth by allowing them to move around either vertically or laterally.

The abundance mentality begins with the premise that there is enough to go around.  There’s enough opportunity, enough money, enough love, etc.  This mentality builds an environment of growth through generosity or sharing.  It encourages leaders to realize a servant based leadership style, where employees are carefully equipped to become the next leaders.

I first learned of this through Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  This is a really good book for anyone who considers time a valuable thing.  Stephen Pearson used to teach the “Covey” principles in Canada.  He talks more about it on his blog.

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