Do you believe that you have the ability to improve and grow? In the TED Talk The Power of Yet, Carol Dweck pushes the boundaries of human potential through the exploration of the concept of “growth mindset”. Witness examples of the brain’s capacity to tackle profound challenges when a growth mindset is in play.
What You’ll Learn
After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:
- Define and differentiate “growth mindset” from “fixed mindset”
- Remember that your brain’s neural pathways get stronger when challenged
- Recall the importance and benefits of giving praise to others based on process
- Comprehend that you can grow your capacity to learn and solve problems
Watch the Video
After watching the video, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.
- Do you have a “growth mindset” or a “fixed mindset”? Briefly elaborate.
- List one step that you can take to improve your personal growth mindset. Try it out for a week and reflect on the results.
- Think of one person to whom you can provide praise and praise that person based on process. Reflect on the results.
Here’s more to spark your thinking on this topic:
- Curiosity is crucial to organizational achievement and your own professional success. Learn more about the importance of curiosity in this 3 part Harvard Business Review package Why Curiosity Matters which contains:
- The Business Case for Curiosity,
- From Curious to Competent, and
- The Five Dimensions of Curiosity.
- Are you open to new interests? In this Harvard Business Review article, explore why Having a Growth Mindset Makes it Easier to Develop New Interests and why that can benefit your career.
- Where do you fall on the mindset continuum? Check out this infographic from Mindful by Design.
- Curious about your curiosity? Take the Harvard Business Review Assessment What’s Your Curiosity Profile?
Here’s more from The Harvard Business Review:
- “The Simple Joy of Learning on the Job“
- “Learning to Learn“
- “You Can Learn and Get Work Done at the Same Time“
- “4 Ways to Become a Better Learner“
- “Take Ownership of Your Future Self“
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