Believing you can learn a new skill or improve is the key to a Growth Mindset.
While some believe that it takes working hard and ‘trying’ again and again, the secret to a Growth Mindset is evaluating results and the process of learning the skill. Is it a success, with each attempt showing improvement? Great- keep up the same methods. If it is not showing successful improvement – what can be done differently? What other methods, coaching, training or skills are needed? Make adjustments and try again, repeat to achieve a positive result.
With a Static or Fixed Mindset– a person believes that skills or intelligence even, are basically unchangeable traits. If trying hard doesn’t bring success- then a Fixed Mindset says it it ‘must’ be due to lack of natural ability, not the method. Long term- it creates a barrier to improvement as the focus is on showcasing a natural ability rather than on learning or improving.
Realistically, most people seem to have a combination of both Growth & Fixed Mindsets. For example- someone might believe they can learn a new computer program, but believe that learning to cook a meal is impossible because they were not born with a talent for cooking.
Our interactive sessions involve challenges, analyzing level of success and then making adjustments to the next challenge attempt.
Applying the Growth Mindset in Business
To improve as an individual and as a team- it is vital to understand the impact of your view of ability to improve skills and abilities vs. a view that skills and abilities are fixed. We engage your team with an interactive workshop. Activities highlight the importance of working to learn or improve, then reviewing success and working at it again as needed.
Programs are recommended as a 2-4 hour block at your business or offsite.
Active Learning and Growth Mindset for Youth
For example, attributing high score on a test to “being smart” may encourage youth to develop a more fixed mindset, believing studying and doing homework is not as important as being naturally smart.
Our sessions focus on the value of trying a challenge, then looking at whether there was a progress or improvement toward a successful outcome. What could be adjusted when we try again?
Typical sessions are held in classroom during single class periods or for a partial day morning or afternoon. We practice learning by trying new methods to approach a challenge. Fun activities allow experiencing the concept in an active way!
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