Navigating through the latest theories on employee development and ways that enable them to reach their full potential is hard work but according to Chris Weller of the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI)has everything to do with fostering a "Growth Mindset' after they conducted extensive research among top tier companies and universities.
A 'Growth Mindset' is all about business and personal development, stepping outside your comfort zone and getting better at what you do, in contrast to a 'Fixed Mindset' where they are concerned about not having the necessary skills and making mistakes, or about proving and demonstrating the skills to outperform others. People with a fixed mindset will struggle to embrace a vision when organisations undergo change.
What is a "Growth Mindset? NLI state that research by Dr Carol Dweck of Stanford University, saw that some children were excited by a challenge and others were overcome by it, when questioned on their thinking she found that some children believed they had finite intelligence which they thought unchangeable, whereas the others believed it was malleable and abilities could be grown. This thinking has now grown out of that classroom and is used in a multitude of applications such as sports science, relationships and in organisations who believe
Based on their research, the NLI report identifies the benefits of growth mindset cultures which can be significant:
Workers have 47% higher trust in their company
Workers are 34% more likely to feel a sense of ownership and commitment to the future of their company
Workers show 65% stronger agreement that their company supports risk-taking
They posit that organisational culture is shaped by priorities, habits and systems and organisations should consider how they shape culture by the way their systems interact with their employees, for example a performance system that delivers negative feedback in the majority of cases. If you want to foster a growth mindset it is imperative to create the conditions for it to flourish and modify conditions that don't.
Ways to foster a "Growth Mindset Culture' you need to create the conditions for it;
Leadership facilitating regular discussions on ways to create a growth culture
Emphasis on performance conversations and focus on strength based reinforcements
Embed growth mindset into leadership development models
Conduct regular pulse checks to seek feedback on employee engagement (org culture) as this is a key predictor of organisational climate and change ability
Using HR data on retention
HR developing talent management models that focus on getting better
Some innovative business leaders are more likely already modelling this mindset as it works on a personal and company level and is about stretching yourself in positive ways.