The Growth Mindset: top tips

Hopefully, you will have read by blog on The Growth Mindset. This is designed as a follow on to give you some practical hints and tips.


Amazing If offer some helpful tips on how to easily apply the growth mindset to everyday situations at work:

1.       When you start a new role or when you work with a new client or project, ask questions! Don’t claim to ‘know it all’. For example:

a.       What do you mean by that?

b.       Can you help me understand that?

c.       What do you mean by that?

2.       Ask for feedback regularly from a wide range of people regardless of where you are in your career. Don’t get defensive, even if the feedback is hard to hear. Some suggestions on the types of questions to ask could be:

a.       What impact have I made on this project/to the team/to this client?

b.       What is working well and what would be even better if…?

c.       What one thing could I do better that would support you?

3.       Whilst under pressure on a project avoid blaming others or situations. Just tackle the issue head on

a.       Pre: When working in a team, you could set a team charter to ensure ways of working are created and agreed as a team

b.       During: Take accountability for the situation

c.       Post: When the project is complete run a review session with the team – ask yourself what worked well and even better if…

4.       When you need to approach difficult conversations, go for it. Don’t hold off. Holding off is Fixed Mindset.

a.       Think of it as giving the other person the opportunity to learn or adapt to achieve greater success

b.       However, you must listen. Ask questions and encourage an open discussion to explore the solution rather than having a fixed agenda

c.       It may also not get resolved in one session, accept the reality that it may take time and it’s work in progress

As a manager there are a couple of additional watch outs for the fixed mindset:

1.       As a manger you can be clear on what you want people to achieve, but give them the freedom of how to get to that result – avoid micro managing as this is a trait of ‘fixed mindset’

2.       Aim to put success of your team ahead of your personal success. Don’t feel like you have to be or are the smartest person in the room.

a.       Excellent leaders often say ‘always hire people who are smarter than you’ and they don’t feel threatened by them

b.       They will make you look good and you will achieve greater things as a team

Go on, give it a try. See what happens.

Becki Jarvis, Research Director


Annabel Gerrard