Exploring Growth Mindsets #principals

Colleague Jananne Healey and a team of folks created the following presentation for sharing at District Leadership team meeting:

It’s based on Carol Dweck’s book, Mindsets. I regret I haven’t read the book and know little about it.

Source: http://www.isacs.org/misc_files/Mindset%20diagram.pdf

Fortunately, there’s Wikipedia:

The premise of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is the idea that people exercise either a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. Those with a fixed mindset believe their talents and abilities cannot be improved through any means. They feel that they are born with a certain amount of talent and typically do not wish to challenge their abilities due to the possibility of failure. Individuals with a fixed mindset frequently guard themselves against situations in which they feel they need to prove their personal worth. Challenges are frequently viewed negatively, instead of as an opportunity for personal growth. 

People that practice a growth mindset believe abilities, such as athleticism and mathematical capacity, can be improved through hard work and persistence. When presented with an obstacle, those practicing a growth mindset tend to rise to the challenge. Often, people of the growth mindset do not fear failure; instead, they view it as a chance to improve themselves. 

Dweck explains that mindsets begin in childhood, extend into adulthood, and can drive multiple aspects of our lives, ranging from parenting and relationships, tosports and work. She reveals how prominent members of a variety of fields – businessliteraturemusicscience, and sports – possess the growth mindset to achieve personal goals and dreams. 

Dweck encourages the reader by mentioning that anyone can change their mindset at any age or at any stage in life. She also provides steps or ideas that the reader can follow to achieve the growth mindset.

Based on this blog entry, one might ask these questions to identify whether they have a fixed mindset or not:

  1. Do I avoid challenges?
  2. Do I give up easily when encountering obstacles?
  3. Do I see exertion effort as a waste of time or fruitless?
  4. Do I ignore useful feedback, perceiving it as negative?
  5. Do I feel threatened by the success of others?
As you might imagine, the growth mindset is focused on answer these questions:
  1. Do I embrace challenges?
  2. Do I persist in the face of setbacks?
  3. Do I see effort as part of getting better (“achieving mastery”) at something?
  4. Do I learn from criticism?
  5. Do I find lessons and inspiration in the success of others?

Watch Carol Dweck via YouTube:

Famous Failures:

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