Growth Mindset
How adaptable are your thinking processes?

What is a a Growth Mindset?

A growth mindset, often referred to as agility describes open and adaptable thinking, and, like adaptable behaviour, is helpful to us. It enables us to address problems and find alternative solutions, enabling us to move forward rather than getting stuck in one place. It allows us to see issues from alternative perspectives and think broadly and creatively about relationships, roles and responsibilities. This allows us to respond flexibly, move quickly and learn fast.

So what how do you know if you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

Fixed mindset

People with a fixed mindset believe they are born with a fixed set of skills, they tend to avoid challenges or give up easily. People with a fixed mindset don’t see the value of effort, they can take feedback personally and tend to blame others or get discouraged by setbacks.
 
Examples of fixed mindset thinking…
  • I don’t have enough knowledge to do this
  • I don’t have enough information
  • I don’t have enough time to prepare for this

 

Growth Mindset

People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve their skills and this comes through hard work and effort. Challenges are embraced and seen as an opportunity to grow – someone with a growth mindset is likely to be more persistent in solving a problem. Since effort is regarded as essential to mastery, its a good thing, feedback is useful and provides an opportunity to learn. Even setbacks have a positive aspect  as they provide a bit of a wake-up call to work harder next time!

 

So how can we adopt a more adaptable, open growth mindset? If we look at the examples of fixed thinking above we can reframe them.

Fixed thinking of I don’t have enough knowledge to do this becomes
  • How can I obtain the knowledge I need to do this?
  • Is this knowledge really needed?
  • Who could help me?
 
And, I don’t have enough information becomes
  • Who can I ask for the information?
  • How can I obtain the information?
 
I don’t have enough time becomes
  • What can I prepare in the time I have?
  • What can I prepare in advance?
  • Are there any synergies to use?

Know your strengths

If we have a high level of self-awareness, we know our strengths and where we add value to the team. Exploring your Insights Discovery profile in a coaching sesion or workshop is a great way to improve your self-awareness. Since the profile also includes possible blindspots it will help you identify possible limiting factors in your own thinking and behaviour.

Since Insights Discovery also helps with our understanding of others, it enables us to increase our agilituy by collaborating better with others.

Sense of Direction and Purpose

Spending some time thinking about personal and organisational values, goals and objectives is a great way to clarify where you are going and why you are doing what you are doing.

LifeForward Sarah Reynolds Potential

Sarah Reynolds
PCC, ACA
Director

 

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