A GROWTH MINDSET IS:

The underlying human belief that talent and ability can be developed and that intelligence and natural gifts are just the starting point.

A GROWTH MINDSET IS:

The underlying human belief that talent and ability can be developed and that intelligence and natural gifts are just the starting point.

High Performers are Not Afraid to Fail

High-performing people—the kind who innovate and adapt—are driven by the belief that there is nothing they can’t learn, no situation they can’t figure out—even if it means failing the first time. They are driven by a Growth Mindset. By contrast, people focused on individual achievement are driven by the need to maintain their status as the best and brightest, which means they are less willing to take risks, to fail, or to collaborate in ways that allow others to outshine them. They are limited by a Fixed Mindset. But mindsets can be changed—and so can performance.
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High Performers are Not Afraid to Fail

High-performing people—the kind who innovate and adapt—are driven by the belief that there is nothing they can’t learn, no situation they can’t figure out—even if it means failing the first time. They are driven by a Growth Mindset. By contrast, people focused on individual achievement are driven by the need to maintain their status as the best and brightest, which means they are less willing to take risks, to fail, or to collaborate in ways that allow others to outshine them. They are limited by a Fixed Mindset. But mindsets can be changed—and so can performance.

How Growth Mindset Powers Performance

Changing mindset involves changing the way the brain interprets and responds to a threat.

People can perceive any change, challenge, or setback as a threat. When a threat is present, people’s ability to think, learn, adapt, and recover from mistakes is immediately reduced.

Perceived threats occur through triggers. Once people understand their triggers (through GMI’s Mindset Profiler), we help them practise shifting their fixed mindset triggers toward a Growth Mindset.

Culture is built through daily interactions. Teams that practise shifting to a Growth Mindset develop skills inherent to high performance. They more effectively:

  • Examine all sides of an issue because they embrace diverse thinking
  • Respond to swiftly to change, shifting together create agile solutions
  • Listen to—and act on—feedback, providing support instead of getting caught up in interpersonal drama
  • Show resilience to setbacks and don’t quit until they succeed
  • Pursue innovative ideas and opportunities
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What Is False Growth Mindset Consulting?

Some consulting firms have adopted the term Growth Mindset without studying the academic research behind or fully understanding its application.

Here are a few red flags of false Growth Mindset consulting:

  • Merely introducing concepts without tying them to individual behaviour, practises—and most important—to results.
  • Asserting that a Growth Mindset makes a person or organisation capable of doing anything! While Growth Mindset stretches performance beyond previous levels, it is fundamentally a practise that opens up new paths and increases resilience after setbacks. It is a never-ending journey, not a one-and-done silver bullet.
  • Using Fixed Mindset as a negative term that is used to blame or shame others. Fixed Mindsets are part of everyone and never simply go away. Identifying them and working with them is a lifelong journey. Fixed Mindsets actually become pathways to development when people learn to consciously shift them to a Growth Mindset.
  • Often taught by people who have not undertaken the Growth Mindset journey themselves. They have not studied the underlying psychology and neuroscience and cannot speak to their own triggers and behaviour. Lacking expertise, their ‘Growth Mindset’ approach is superficial and incapable of catalysing organisational culture change.

False growth mindset is saying you have growth mindset
when you don’t really have it or you don’t really understand
[what it is].

PROFESSOR CAROL DWECK

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