Currently, I am reading “The Growth Mindset Coach“, and was struck by this passage and corresponding table:
(Carol) Dweck identified five key areas in which the actions of people of opposing mindsets often diverge: challenges, obstacles, effort, criticism, and success of others. In the fixed mindset, a response to any of the five situations typically relates to the person’s desire to look smart and avoid failure; in the growth mindset the response more likely stems from the person’s desire to learn and improve. Let’s look at both fixed- and growth-mindset responses to each of these five situations.
Challenges are avoided to maintain the appearance of intelligence. Challenges are embraced stemming from a desire to learn.
Giving up in the face of obstacles and setbacks is a common response.
Showing perseverance in the face of obstacles and setbacks is a common response.
Having to try or put in effort is viewed as a negative, if you have to try, you’re not very smart or talented.
Doing hard work and putting in effort paves the path to achievement and success
Criticism Negative feedback regardless of how constructive is ignored.
Criticism provides important feedback that can aid in learning
Success of Others Other people’s success is viewed as a threat and evokes feels of insecurity or vulnerability.
Other people’s success can be a source of inspiration and education.
I thought this was an awesome way to look at what the “Growth Mindset” means in different situations, but I wanted to adapt it to go a step further with “The Innovator’s Mindset“. Here is what I have added:
As we look at how we see and “do” school, it is important to continuously shift to moving from consumption to creation, engagement to empowerment, and observation to application. It is not that the first replaces the latter, but that we are not settling for the former. A mindset that is simply open to “growth”, will not be enough in a world that is asking for continuous creation of not only products, but ideas.