Developing a Growth Mindset.

Applying growth mindset theory to our lives can be a challenge, but in my opinion, there is no area that it is required more than in young people as they navigate their early experiences of learning and development of their work ethic and self-esteem. Many people with unknown potential limit their education and opportunities due to their mindset being closed. Closed mindsets believe we are only as good as our results. We are capable, only of things “within” our predetermined or established level of competence. In other words, if I’ve been told I’m intelligent, if I’ve been told I’m leadership material and these opinions are the overriding “why” that means I’ll try things, then I am placing a higher level of importance on the views of others about my capabilities rather than my own self-belief, awareness and joy of self-discovery. This is why developing a growth mindset is so important.

Here are three points that are essential for you to introduce more of a growth mindset into your life and those around you.

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“Baa Baa Black Sheep”  ………. We all know the nursery rhyme.  But some nursery rhymes have gone bad and are not appropriate for this generation.  How do we refer to a “black sheep” in any other way?  Are the colours of the colour wheel now-debunked due to the need to not offend anyone?  It’s a tricky one to navigate as an adult, let alone a young child growing up.

So to explain my point that I feel it is ridiculous that some in the media and education are claiming that nursery rhymes have gone bad, let me tell you a story about a conversation I had with my two girls.  There we were in our lounge room, my daughter was talking to me about some basketball players we used to be involved with and she’d forgotten one of their names.  She remembered what number he wore but that didn’t jog my memory, she was too young to understand the concept of him being an “import player” Read more

In a world where availability of ideas and information isn’t a problem, the skill it seems is keeping the right things in the forefront of your mind rather than suffering or succumbing to, information overload.  Over a day recently, I had 3 meetings.  I was reminded of 4 simple yet powerful bits of wisdom.

Coffee with a colleague and fellow leadership trainer – Multi-tasking is an out-dated concept.  Read more

The greatest thing I learnt whilst working for a commercial printer a few years back was to embrace the chaos as we were implementing change and seeking greater efficiency.

It was only as we were prepared to push “how it was always done” and embrace the chaos as we sort to do things differently, that as a business we changed, evolved and Read more