Developing a Growth Mindset
There has never been any other time when change was as rapid as it is today – which ever sector you work; you will be affected by the fast pace of evolving business and the constant flux in the political landscape. It’s like shifting sand!
To thrive in this rapidly changing environment you’ll need to adopt the right frame of mind – a “growth mindset”, where you’re not afraid to try new things and see new challenges as opportunities more than obstacles.
We develop our natural mindset when we are young children faced with our very first challenges and competitions. When they don’t succeed some children will naturally be determined to work harder and try to get better through repetition and practise and others will give up at the first hurdle, thinking they’re never going to be any good. The child that perseveres has a natural “growth” mindset and the other a “fixed” mindset. If the “fixed” mindset is the one that resonates more with you, don’t worry, the good news is that by working on your personal development you can cultivate a growth mindset so that you are better equipped to face the future and lead your organisation through future challenges.
Here are five of our top tips for cultivating a growth mindset:
- Goal setting – Be clear about what you want and what your aspirations are; for you personally and for your team or organisation.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses – Identify specific areas for your personal development and prioritise those that are going to help you achieve your goals. Set out a personal development plan and commit to achieving it.
- Progress – Track your progress and take time to reflect on it. Actively seek formal and informal feedback from others in your organisation, responding to this positively and constructively.
- Challenge yourself – Put your learning into practice by taking on increasingly difficult tasks with greater complexity. Don’t sit in your comfort zone, stretch yourself to do better utilising your new skills.
- Build relationships – develop relationships with people across the organisation that you can rely on for truthful constructive feedback, support and mentoring or coaching opportunities.
The future of the workplace, like politics, is unpredictable, but it’s safe to say that it will be very different to today. Developing a growth mindset will benefit you, making sure you are better equipped behaviourally and cognitively to respond to the challenges ahead and able to lead your organisation more effectively through these interesting times.
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