Jean Gomes: How To Develop The Mindsets You Need To Flourish In An Uncertain World

When you think about our world today, “turbulent” might be the first word you use to describe it.

After a three-year long COVID pandemic fatigued us all, we’re now bewildered by a surprising number of employee layoffs occurring in all industries, & equally uncertain about how disruptive the AI-GPT technology will be to our work & careers. A crisis in Urkraine continues with no end in sight; it’s still undetermined where people will work most days – & unrelenting inflation is adding financial stress to all of our lives.

To put it lightly, the world we live & lead in today is filled with uncertainty, ambiguity & complexity – & there simply are no signs suggesting we’ll ever again live in more simpler times.

Our guest this episode is Jean Gomes, author of “Leading in a Non-Linear World: Building Wellbeing, Strategic and Innovation Mindsets for the Future, a book the Financial Times spotlighted as one its most anticipated books of 2023.

Jean was the co-author with Tony Schwartz of the New York Times bestseller, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working – & his new book shows how our mindset, more than our knowledge & expertise, has become our greatest asset in facing an uncertain future – & to making important decisions when little or no data exists.

Tapping into emerging science & research which proves our basic understanding of the term, “mindset” is missing some important dimensions, Gomes’ book shows that our mindset isn’t just a set of beliefs that shape how we make sense of the world, but actually the interplay of our feeling, thinking, & seeing.

While a lot of us (those of us in leadership roles, especially) instinctively go to our minds when we’re having to make difficult or spontaneous decisions, it turns out we have far greater & supplemental intelligence to leverage when we learn to listen to what our bodies tell us. Remarkably, science proves that our bodies know significantly earlier than our brains when we’re about to make a bad decision – & our feelings tell us the truth about situations that our rational minds often cannot see.

While the expressions “lead with the heart” and “heart-led leader” are suddenly gaining traction in business, they’re almost always used as a metaphor. But, in the case of Mark’s book & this podcast, the title “Lead From The Heart” was specifically chosen because of the emerging science which proves our hearts are not just blood pumps, they’re also a source of intelligence that holds great influence over human choices & behavior.

Because we no longer live in a linear world where both our problems & solutions are clear, our rational, thinking brains alone cannot adequately respond to the non-linear world in which we find ourselves today. And, so, Jean Gomes joins us to explain why tapping into the intelligence of our bodies – which very much includes the heart – provides a profound competitive advantage in leadership because it consistently leads to better judgments.

This is absolutely cutting edge insight, & learning how to do this is easy.

Listen in!

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.