The Benefits of Growth Mindset at Work
Has it ever crossed your mind how some people gets frustrated so easily and give up when faced with a challenging task at work? And why some others given the same task – becomes persistent, keeps on trying until they managed to complete it? These scenarios are typical examples that portrays your beliefs. In other words, your mindset.
Sounds simple, right? And it saves a lot of your time too! Let’s go through this step by step together to get a clearer picture of how it works.
Fixed mindset individuals believes that talent and abilities are fixed traits that cannot be changed. It’s an all or none thinking pattern – you either have it or you don’t. In contrast, people with a growth mindset believes that talent and abilities can be developed – through effort and hardwork.
Adopting a growth mindset at your workplace goes a long way. Let’s understand how it can boost a positive work culture – both to you and your team members/organisation.
Fall down seven times, get up eight.
This is a Japanese proverb that resembles resilience. No matter how many times you get knocked down, you keep going and try again.
People with a growth mindset perceive failures and mistakes as an opportunity to grow, learn and become better at what they do. Rather than seeing failure as a threat – you embrace them, accepting it as part of the learning process and find new strategies to improve. Evidence from neuroscience also shows that when growth mindset individuals make mistakes and errors – it stimulates more regions of their brain compared to those of a fixed mindset.
Challenges? Bring it on!
Who doesn’t get demotivated when they fail to find a solution or the idea they proposed just doesn’t seem to work. We’ve all been there at some point in our career.
But here’s the thing: people with a growth mindset embraces challenges. They may be more willing to take on difficult tasks knowing they will be able to enhance their skills. For them, it’s not about immediate perfection – it’s about learning something, confronting a challenge and making progress. Individuals with this mindset thrive in challenging situations, in spite of enduring setbacks. Rather than taking a shortcut and giving up – you work hard and double up your effort to reach your desired goals.
When nothing goes right, go left.
When you have a growth mindset – you are open to learn and try out new things which promotes innovation and risk-taking at the workplace.
Research has shown that employees in a growth mindset organisation were more innovative and willing to take risks – despite the odds. Supervisors also held more positive views of their employees and saw potential in them – seeing future leaders in the making compared to those of a fixed mindset. This is a very powerful message of how mindset can largely impact a work environment, either creating a culture that values innovation and drive the organisation towards success or those that merely stick with the status quo and encouraging groupthink.
A growth mindset organisation allows you the opportunity to experience failure, setbacks and be willing to take risks – all within a safe compound that supports and provide constructive feedback for you. You become mentally resilient when things don’t go as planned and creates employees who are lifelong learners.
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