Growth Mindset OR Fixed Mindset. Which one are you?
In your 2020 new year, how’s your mindset? It could make a big difference. World-renowned psychologist Carol Dweck (Stanford University, USA) says the way you approach work, and life, depends on your mindset. Carol is described as the “guru of the growth mindset” In the FT of London, Carol describes everyone as “a work in progress” and says our qualities are not set in stone.
She believes encouraging a growth mindset at companies is important. In her recent research Carol Dweck sees a trend that fixed-mindset companies identified “more cheating, hoarding of information, keeping secrets [and] toxic competition”.
Choosing a growth mindset means choosing a long road of “inquiring, learning, improvement” and Carol suggests that adopting a growth mindset will lead to better performance and greater fulfilment. Check out the diagram (attached) to see the difference between the growth, and the fixed mindset.
She has some very high-level support – the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, favours the growth mindset over the fixed mindset – and is actioning it within his workforce.
And a final word. A lot of us talk about “purpose” and “passion” these days. Rather than ask “what’s your purpose”, Carol suggests we should now be asking “what’s the contribution you would like to make?”
The growth mindset creates a passion for learning rather than a need for approval. The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. Fixed or Growth? Something to ponder through the 2020 year!
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