Has someone ever said to you ‘There’s no point, I’ll never be able to do it anyway’. Have you, or individuals in your team or service, given up on challenging tasks, or avoided tasks you might have failed at before?
Feelings and behaviours like this can be related to what people believe about what makes them ‘good’ at something – and this can impact on performance in the workplace. In psychology, Professor Carol Dweck calls this way of thinking a ‘Fixed Mindset’.
Some individuals dust themselves down and bounce back quickly from failure and explore how they can get better at doing something. They tend to be people who believe that you can develop and improve your most basic abilities by practicing, or by finding a solution or different way to achieve your goal. Professor Dweck calls this way of thinking a ‘Growth Mindset’, and developing a Growth Mindset can increase resilience, and improve performance at team and individual levels.
That’s why here at YMindset we are passionate about the whole theory of Growth Mindset, but more importantly, embedding Growth Mindset into everyday life at school, work, home and sport.
There are lots of small things you can do every day that can help you develop a Growth Mindset in each setting.
Our training explores what mindset means to individuals, corporate business, grass roots through to elite level sport, and in education. Embedding a Growth Mindset Culture across business, education and sport will greatly assist organisations to improve outcomes for businesses, children, young people and families, athletes, coaches, volunteers, everyone! Instilling a Growth Mindset in children will not only raise attainment levels but will raise levels of resilience. This will ensure that they become more effective lifelong learners with improved life chances. It can help businesses thrive and become more profitable and it can be the marginal gains needed for competitive advantage in sport.
Not only does this have an impact professionally to those who attend our courses, it dovetails into personal lives too. We will leave you with a quote from one organisation that we supported around a future leaders programme:
“That’s Cohort 1 of our Leaders of the Future now graduated and I just wanted to let you know that the feedback we received on the Growth Mindset sessions was excellent, so thank you so much for delivering this for them. As part of their graduation ceremony they were asked to do a presentation to our Senior Leaders and Group Director and one of the graduates, Lisa, spoke about the impact that the Growth Mindset session had on her and her young son. Lisa had recorded a video of her son, who is 13 and autistic tying his shoelaces for the very first time. She had realised after your session that after years of trying to teach her son to tie his shoelaces that both of them had a closed mindset to the task. So using what she had learned from your session she decided to tackle it again and the video was the result of this. There was barely a dry eye in the room.”