How would you characterize your approach to learning; a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset, The New Psychology of Success, defines the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. In the world of fixed mindsets, you believe that your traits are fixed, that you do not have control over or the ability to alter them. Once you have entered the world of a fixed mindset, success is about proving you are smart or talented. Validating your self becomes all important and all consuming.
On the other hand, if you enter the world of a growth mindset, you believe that many things are possible for you, that you are not slotted into a place from which you cannot escape. A growth mindset is about the world of changing qualities; it is about stretching yourself to learn something new. People with growth mindsets are risk takers; they do not fear putting themselves in the way of a learning opportunity.
Please watch the following video, which we believe, captures the essence of the growth mindset. Evelyn is the epitome of a growth mindset. At 99 she still viewed her life as one of learning and growth and helping others learn and grow. After watching this video, ask yourself, do I operate with a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?
It is our strongly held belief that learning, at the individual level, the group level and the organizational level, is the essential ingredient to organizational success. And learning is inextricably linked to having a growth mindset. Does your organization’s culture, at its most fundamental underlying assumptions, support a growth mindset and therefore real learning.
If you are wondering about how you might determine if your organization has a growth mindset and a learning culture, complete our free learning culture survey. We are certain you will find it informative.