Carol Dwecktalks about the distinction between these two mindsets in INDIVIDUALS.
A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, ability & intelligence are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way. Success is an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard. Striving for success & avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.
A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge. It sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a springboard for growth & for stretching our existing abilities.
Out of these two early mindsets springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success & failure, & ultimately our capacity for happiness.
What mindset does your ORGANIZATION have?
1.What do your appraisal processes value? Year over year improvement, or this year's results?
2. What stories are published in your newsletter? Those of journeys, or destinations?
3. What do your leaders support? Learning, or knowing?
4. How do you execute? Trial-and-error experimentation, or ducks-in-a-row perfection?
5. How do your people deal with mistakes? With accountability, or deniability?