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Podcast With Prof. Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck on Does Your Workplace Have A Growth Mindset?

Today’s Guest:

Professor Carol Dweck is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology.  She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US Academy of Sciences and won nine lifetime achievement awards for her research.  Her work is used by organizations around the world to transform their cultures.

In this conversation, you will hear Carol talk about fixed and growth mindsets and how her research has found they can impact our performance at work.  She draws on her experience of helping organizations implement this type of mindset to share the small changes workplaces can make to cultivate growth mindset environments and where this can go wrong. 

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:10] – Carol explains the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, according to her research.
  • [04:56] – Carol shares how her studies have found that when there is a fixed mindset culture with an organization, there’s a lot of unethical and unhealthy behaviors because of the pursuit of outcomes.
  • [08:41] – Carol shares that innovation is coming out of growth mindset companies at a higher rate.
  • [10:22] – Carol’s recent article in the Harvard Business Review points out some of the misconceptions around growth mindsets in workplaces.  She explains what those misconceptions are.
  • [13:00] – Carol talks about how Microsoft are cultivating growth mindsets across their teams.
  • [19:32] – Carol explains why she believes self-compassion works well with a growth mindset.
  • [23:20] – Carol shares where the growth mindset and these strategies can go wrong and the importance of evaluation.
  • [24:16] – The Lightning Round with Carol Dweck.

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