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Understanding Growth Mindset

An overview of Dr. Carol Dweck's "Growth Mindset" concept, as popularized by her Mindset book and TED talk. As a manager, I used this presentation to help my team members embrace change at work by understanding they can learn new skills and use setbacks and feedback to ultimately be successful in a changing work environment.

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Understanding Growth Mindset

  1. 1. Understanding Growth Mindset
  2. 2. Hello!I’m Kevin Kaminski I’m here because I think Growth Mindset is important for people to understand, especially in a changing environment. Plus, I find psychology interesting and like to teach and coach people! You can find me at @KevinKaminski 2
  3. 3. What we’ll do in this session ▫ Take a simple quiz ▫ Go over Fixed and Growth mindsets ▫ Talk about quiz results ▫ Discuss how mindsets relate to work 3
  4. 4. 1. Quick quiz Take a few minutes to fill out your answers.
  5. 5. A fun personality quiz ▫ Get the quiz at ▫ Just do Page 1 for now ▫ We’ll use Page 2 later! 5
  6. 6. 2. Fixed and Growth Mindsets An overview of mindsets
  7. 7. mindset (noun) the established set of attitudes held by someone. 7
  8. 8. Dr. Carol Dweck ▫ Stanford University psychologist ▫ Extensively researched mindset ▫ Wrote a book on concept of Fixed and Growth Mindsets 8
  9. 9. Fixed Mindset ▫ Believe that personality, intelligence, abilities, and so on are unchangeable. ▫ “That’s just the way I am.” Are personal qualities changeable? Growth Mindset ▫ Believe that personality, intelligence, abilities, and so on can change or improve over time. 9
  10. 10. Fixed Mindset ▫ Can take failures personally ▫ Interpret setbacks as rejection ▫ Work to hide weaknesses Reaction to failure and feedback Growth Mindset ▫ Believes future presents opportunity to grow, even during challenging times ▫ Likely to use feedback to build on talents 10
  11. 11. Fixed Mindset ▫ Thrive when things are safely within their grasp ▫ Don’t care for change Environmental preference Growth Mindset ▫ Thrive when they’re stretching themselves ▫ Love to learn; feel frustrated when not developing their potential ▫ Embrace change 11
  12. 12. Fixed Mindset ▫ Looked at tests of students who did really poorly ▫ Made them feel better about their own test results Experiment: College students who did poorly on a test were given the chance to look at other students’ tests Growth Mindset ▫ Looked at tests of those that did better than they did. ▫ Wanted to correct their mistakes and learn 12 Source: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  13. 13. You’re a young adult in college. One day… You go to a class that’s really important to you and that you like a lot. The professor returns midterm papers: you got a C+. You’re disappointed. When you walk to your car afterward, you see you’ve gotten a parking ticket. Being really frustrated, you call your best friend to share your experiences but are sort of brushed off. 13 Photo credit:
  14. 14. If that student was you… ▫ What would you think about that day? ▫ What would you feel? ▫ What would you do? 14 Photo credit:
  15. 15. Fixed Mindset ▫ “I wouldn’t bother to put so much time and effort into doing well…” ▫ “Do nothing” ▫ “Listen to music and pout” ▫ “What is there to do?” Dweck’s Experiment: Got a C+ on mid-term, car had parking ticket, friend blows you off Growth Mindset ▫ “I need to try harder in class, be more careful when parking the car, and wonder if my friend had a bad day.” ▫ “Work harder on my next paper, speak to the teacher, be more careful where I park…” 15 Source: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  16. 16. About that scenario… ▫ The grade was a C+, not an F ▫ It was a midterm, not a final ▫ It was a parking ticket, not a car crash ▫ They were ”sort of brushed off” not outright rejected by their friend 16 Photo credit: Nothing catastrophic happened!
  17. 17. Mindset isn’t fixed! ▫ You may start with a certain genetic temperament and abilities…but experience, training, and personal effort take you the rest of the way. ▫ Situations, such as stress or deadlines, can push you into a different mindset. ▫ You can have different mindsets about different things. 17
  18. 18. 3. Quiz results Score your quiz results using quiz Page 2
  19. 19. About that quiz… ▫ Quiz isn’t scientific! It’s just a fun conversation starter. ▫ The results are a snapshot in time—mindset can change 19
  20. 20. Do you think you’re most often in a Fixed or Growth mindset? 20
  21. 21. 4. Mindsets in the workplace How does our mindset impact work?
  22. 22. What’s a major change in your life that you successfully got through? ▫ How did you bounce back once you realized the change was happening? ▫ How did you have to adjust at the time, to get through it? ▫ After making it through, how did it affect you? 22
  23. 23. A guarantee about our careers is that… 23
  24. 24. There will be changes in ▫ Our jobs ▫ Our teams ▫ Our department ▫ The whole company 24
  25. 25. Given that we know things will change here, both your company and your managers value: ▫ Flexibility (being open to change) ▫ Resiliency/Adaptability (bouncing back from change) ▫ In other words: a growth mindset 25
  26. 26. 5. Closing Thoughts
  27. 27. Growth Mindset ▫ Personality, intelligence, abilities, etc. can change ▫ Future gives opportunity to grow (even when challenging) ▫ Feedback used to build on talents ▫ Thrive when stretching themselves ▫ Love to learn (and frustrated when not growing) ▫ Embrace change 27
  28. 28. “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.” – Dr. Carol S. Dweck 28
  29. 29. How will you apply a Growth Mindset to thrive in a changing 29 work environment?
  30. 30. 30 Thanks! I’m Kevin Kaminski You can find me at: ▫ @KevinKaminski ▫ ▫
  31. 31. Resources Find out more about Growth Mindset: ▫ Book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success ▫ TED talk: The power of believing that you can improve ▫ Podcast: “The Learning Leader Show with Ryan Hawk” Episode 140: Carol Dweck – The Power of a Growth Mindset 31
  32. 32. Slide Template Credits Special thanks to all the people who made and released these awesome resources for free: ▫ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival (Creative Commons Attribution License) ▫ Template photographs by Unsplash 32