Many businesses are tackling transformation and it looks like 2020 will be no different. I recently did a keynote for the talent + org development team of a large healthcare company about growth mindset.
They are going through a pretty tough year. Not only have they dealt with some personnel changes, the company is going through some transformational change at both macro and micro levels. They’re just getting their heads around growth mindset, so to speak, and so I had the chance to share with them some definitions, perspectives, and stories.
For individuals, of course, learning about growth mindset can really unlock personal potential. You let go of your hang-ups, particularly around getting feedback. By flipping the script, so to speak, and being able to see feedback from someone as actual help versus a personal affront or attack is one of the foundational elements.
Reading Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset, is a fundamental step in the right direction if you want to really understand a growth mindset. Understanding what it’s not is also really important. I’ve had more than a few conversations with leaders and teams who think it relates to their business growth. Not quite. It’s about the foundational belief that we can learn and grow (at it’s core, neuroplasticity).
After all, 375 million workers globally (according to a McKinsey Global Institute study) are going to need to learn new skills and adapt to new ways of working by 2030. I feel like that’s already coming into play. How many of us are doing the exact same thing we were doing a year ago? Five years ago? Ten? Not many of us.
Another really core element that I don’t think leaders work on enough is the positive self-talk that’s needed to cultivate your own growth mindset. Here are a few key mental boosters you can say to yourself if you ever need that lift:
I believe in my potential.
Hard work, focus, and perseverance determine my results.
My intelligence isn’t fixed. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
No matter how much I know, there’s always something new to learn.
Failure doesn’t define me, and I can learn from my mistakes.
As I spoke with the team at the healthcare company, it was clear that getting on the same page on defining growth mindset, getting familiar with neuroplasticity, and providing a few ideas to put into tangible action will get them on a good path. Another client I’ve worked with has been on a three-year-long journey to transform into a more “growth mindset” culture, so it’s not like you can flip a switch and make it happen. But I do notice how much happier and healthier people are when they adopt a growth mindset as individuals.