Developing a Growth Mindset in the Workplace

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This course is designed to help participants understand the power of developing a growth mindset and the practical ways it is possible to cultivate this. 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.

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

The benefits to participants include:

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

Who Is It For?

Any staff member looking for personal development would benefit from this course.

This training 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 be afraid when presented with new ideas.

There is also a version of this course for Managers who are looking to develop their knowledge to cultivate a Growth Mindset in their teams. Click here to view the Developing a Growth Mindset in the Workplace Training for Leaders and Managers.

Course Content

The course content and capacity can be customised for individuality and to ensure organisations’ specific learning criteria are met. Consultancy to develop a growth mindset is also an option either as a standalone service or in conjunction with training.

  • The difference between growth and fixed mindsets
  • Understanding the impact of mindsets on risk taking, team working, engagement, trust, and motivation
  • Why it’s so important to step out of our comfort zone from time to time and how to do this
  • What influences individual development of mindsets
  • How mindsets can change as they are determined by the way we think, and the way we think can be challenged and changed
  • Overcoming a fear of failure which may be holding you back
  • Accepting and responding to feedback and being less sensitive to constructive criticism
  • Differences in preferred ways of working and how personality preferences can influence mindset. Ways of harnessing this self-knowledge to develop growth mindset thinking.
  • How a growth mindset builds resilience, wellbeing and the ability to handle pressure
  • Identifying proactive steps to build a growth mindset and tackle fixed mindset thinking


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."

“Great content highlighting how to support growth mindset within us and others around as well.”

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