Professor Heidi Grant (Columbia University), is an expert on the science of motivation and how you can help your organization embrace a growth mindset. Organizational growth mindset creates a more flexible, positive, and engaged workplace. Research shows organizations with a growth mindset empower employees and are more likely to set them up for success. A staff that embraces growth mindset views change as an exciting challenge, rather than a demotivating threat. This leads to more agility and engagement, and a higher degree of adaptation in the face of change.
- Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning. When entire companies embrace a growth mindset, their employees report feeling far more empowered and committed; they also receive far greater organizational support for collaboration and innovation. In contrast, people at primarily fixed-mindset companies report more of only one thing: cheating and deception among employees, presumably to gain an advantage in the talent race.