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Moving from a fixed to a growth mindset

How do you move from a fixed to a growth mindset? There are a number of techniques you can apply, and we explore them in more detail in this step.

So we ended the previous step, by asking the question how do you move from a fixed to a growth mindset? There are a number of techniques you can apply, and we explore them in more detail in this step.

Personal techniques

A good starting point is to acknowledge your weaknesses. For example, let’s say you are not very organized and often find yourself working long hours because you forget about important tasks until the end of the day when you are ready to wrap up and head home. Instead, you end up staying late. Once you recognize that you have a problem, you can ask coworkers, supervisors, or even family members to help you figure out how to solve it.

Of course, this implies that you are open to feedback. Being able to receive (and give) feedback is important for moving toward a growth mindset. When someone gives you some feedback, you shouldn’t argue with them and defend yourself. The best approach is to just acknowledge the feedback with a simple ‘thank you’ and then reflect on it.

This leads to another technique: reflecting on your journey every day. Journaling is a great tool for this. At the end of each day, think about how well you did and write about it.

Of course, in order to reflect on your progress, you should have a plan for where you want to go. Prioritize your weaknesses and start working on the first one. Build a process that allows you to improve.

For more on this idea, read James Clear’s Atomic Habits.

Organizational techniques

From an organizational perspective, leadership can do a lot to help their employees develop a growth mindset.
One step would be to eliminate annual performance reviews and move to an environment where feedback is given and received more frequently.
Leaders’ actions can also help. A leader who is not afraid to show that he/she has made mistakes can help foster a growth mindset by creating a psychologically safe environment in which people are encouraged to experiment and fail.
Leaders can also help promote a safe environment by asking good questions and listening to the answers. They need to encourage participation by being genuine.
For more on this topic, read The Fearless Organization by Amy Edmondson.

It is important that we identify our mindset and our established set of attitudes and habits towards succeeding. But, behind every successful team, is a successful leader. Let’s explore the concept of servant leadership in the next step.

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