How the hands-on mindset can help you deliver successfully

How the hands-on mindset can help you deliver successfully
Lee Tumbridge
Lee TumbridgeActive Mentor Ltd

Posted: Thu 14th Sep 2023

When it comes to delivering a project, taking a hands-on approach can make all the difference. It may require hard work and experimentation, but the potential rewards are worth it.

In this blog, I delve into the importance of a practical mindset and how it can help you succeed.

The pragmatic mindset

Simply put, it focuses on results and finding practical solutions. Instead of getting bogged down in theoretical discussions, you prioritise taking action.

This approach emphasises being both efficient and practical, which is crucial for successful delivery in any field. Being resourceful and solution-oriented, you can think outside the box and find innovative ways to overcome challenges.

Benefits of a hands-on mindset

You have greater control and a better understanding of the project when you're actively involved. This leads to better decision-making, improved problem-solving, and more efficient and effective delivery. Plus, taking ownership and being accountable for your actions fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment.

However, to truly take a hands-on approach, you must develop an experimental mindset. This means taking risks, trying new things, and learning from successes and failures.

By immersing yourself in the experience, you can better understand what works and what doesn't. An experimental mindset encourages creativity, adaptability, and a constant drive for improvement, which can ultimately lead to success in all areas of life.

Of course, it's natural to fear failure when you're trying something new. But it's important to remember that failure is a necessary part of learning.

By reframing failure as an opportunity for growth and improvement, you can overcome your fears and confidently pursue new ideas and ventures. Embracing a hands-on approach means understanding that failure is not the end but a stepping stone to success.


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Tips for cultivating a hands-on mindset

1. Start small

Begin by taking on small tasks or projects that allow you to practise the hands-on approach. This will help build your confidence and gradually increase your comfort level with the delivery process.

2. Seek feedback

Ask people for feedback to understand how they're perceiving and receiving your hands-on approach. This feedback can help you fine-tune your delivery methods and make necessary adjustments.

3. Learn from failures

Embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Rather than seeing it as a setback, view it as a chance to iterate and improve your hands-on approach. Reflect on what went wrong, identify lessons learnt, and adjust for future endeavours.

4. Stay open-minded

Keep an open mind and be willing to explore new ideas and approaches. Being hands-on means being adaptable and flexible in your thinking. Embrace new technologies, tools and methodologies to enhance your delivery process.

5. Collaborate and network

Engage with like-minded individuals and seek collaboration opportunities. Join communities, attend workshops, or participate in events where you can exchange ideas and learn from others with a hands-on mindset.

Final thoughts

Cultivating a hands-on mindset takes time and effort, but the rewards can be immense. By embracing this approach, you'll improve your delivery skills, foster innovation, and achieve tremendous success in your endeavours.

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Lee Tumbridge
Lee TumbridgeActive Mentor Ltd

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