Weekend Thoughts, 8/1/21: Growth Mindset

Posted on Wed, 09/01/2021 - 10:13

This week I gave a brief presentation on mindsets. The contrast between a fixed and a growth mindset can be significant. I believe a growth mindset is critical for leaders. You must be able to see the potential in others without a perception of threat. It’s not about you.

If you ever aim to do big things, you need the imagination and passion to dive into unknowns. A fixed mindset prohibits this, and more. Trust is eroded if you don’t see the potential in others and this is subsequently damaging to a team. And be mindful that it is very difficult to do ambitious things alone.

Your mindset is an active awareness driven by your behavior. You control it. As we say at Acquia: Jump in and own it.

Note: To give credit where credit is due... My research on Growth and Fixed mindsets were my thoughts from summaries pulled from Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.