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Developing a Growth Mindset in the Workplace

Designed to help participants understand the power of developing a growth mindset and the practical ways it is possible to cultivate this in themselves and in others.  A growth mindset fosters creativity, innovation and the ability to handle difficulty and setbacks.  This can result in improved performance, greater confidence and more adaptability when facing challenges in the workplace.


This course is currently being delivered in a shortened, live, virtual format.  

Please contact us for further details.

Course Context

Individuals with a fixed mindset believe both intelligence and talent are things we are born with. They respond negatively when they fail, which leads them to be less likely to try something new, now or in the future, for fear of failure or fear of not being seen to fail.

In the workplace, this can lead to covering up mistakes, blaming others and ignoring constructive feedback. They are easily threatened by others’ achievements, which can lead to controlling behaviour, both in handling and taking credit for their own work and how they treat colleagues and subordinates. The ramifications of a fixed mindset are poor for individual development as well as team cohesion and the culture of an organisation.

Those with a growth mindset believe talents and abilities can be developed, thereby appreciating the value of mistakes and criticism. They feel empowered to pick themselves up to find a solution, seize challenges, and find the success of others inspiring rather than threatening.

Key Benefits

From a leadership perspective, this course encourages reflection on the benefits a growth mindset culture can bring to an organisation and whether an emphasis on striving for success could inhibit risk-taking and hinder learning through fear of failure, rather than success evolving from failure and employees learning and developing from this.

The benefits to participants include:

  • Recognising how to empower employees to be more curious and constantly seek ways to improve how they carry out their role and achieve objectives.
  • Provide opportunities for employees to identify and build their strengths to achieve more.
  • Help those that struggle with failure, who are too quick to say, “I can’t”, and don’t believe in the power of effort.
  • Give employees the confidence to step outside their comfort zone and try new approaches.

Course format

  • Duration: Virtual course 3 hours including breaks.
  • Capacity: 12 recommended for optimum results.
  • Availability: Please contact us to check our current availability.
  • Customisation: The content can be tailored to meet an organisation’s individual requirements

Who Is It For?

Any staff member looking to develop themselves and/or their team would benefit from this course.

Developing a growth mindset enables people to venture out of their comfort zone and instead of seeing challenges as threatening, see them as exciting opportunities to enhance their abilities and continue to grow.

This can be of particular value to organisations in, or planning, a period of change, as it helps individuals sit more comfortably with uncertainty, be more honest about their feelings of vulnerability and not feel fear when presenting ideas that might not be received positively.

Research and Background

The growth mindset is based on over 35 years of research, much of it led by Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University. Those with a growth mindset do not fear failure and are willing to put themselves forward for a challenge. They believe that with effort and good instruction everyone has the capacity to succeed, particularly when this is viewed as a chance to grow.

Dweck’s research has shown that when children read and learn about the brain they discover how malleable it is, and how it grows and changes when responding to a challenge. As a consequence, they are more likely to carry on and try again if they don’t succeed. This knowledge encourages them to have a thirst for learning, welcome a challenge, look for alternatives, value effort and not see failure as something permanent – in other words, they develop a growth mindset.

Testimonials for the Developing a Growth Mindset in the Workplace Course:


"Really enjoyed it, can apply to practice.  Really enjoyed exercises –
Learned about self.  Very relevant pitched just right."

"Very useful.  Thoroughly enjoyable and looking forward to implementing with the team."

Course Content

  • Understanding the difference between the growth and fixed mindset
  • Identifying your own mindset
  • Exploring behaviours associated with different types of mindsets
  • Understanding the impact of mindsets on risk taking, team working, engagement, trust, motivation and talent management
  • Identifying proactive steps to build a growth mindset and tackle fixed mindset thinking
  • Creating a climate where employees feel connected and trusted
  • Using a growth mindset at work to achieve success
  • Learning how a growth mindset builds resilience, wellbeing and the ability to handle pressure
  • Reflecting on learning and developing an action plan for practical application in the workplace

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We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


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