Align Your Team Around the Growth Mindset

December 13, 2021
December 13, 2021 Jamie Notter

The growth mindset is an approach to leadership that is rooted in learning and adaptation. If you don’t have an answer for something, the growth mindset assumes that you can discover one. This stands in contrast to a fixed mindset, which assumes that answer is out of your reach or beyond your capacity. A growth mindset is curious and wants to work the problem; a fixed mindset wants to change the subject to something for which it already has an answer.

In 2022, your entire team needs a growth mindset. I don’t know, of course, exactly what 2022 is going to look like, but I can confidently predict it is going to present you with challenges for which you do not have solutions. That part of the last 2 years is not going away. And the difference between thriving and hanging on by a thread in this environment lies in how quickly your team can come up with new solutions, which is driven by their mindset.

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To be clear, this is not about smarts. I am sure your team is extremely intelligent and deep experts in their areas, but that does not immunize them from the fixed mindset that defaults to what they know, rather than what they can discover. Our growth mindset course (and now workshop) helps leaders avoid that trap. In the first unit of the course (that focuses on the individual growth mindset), there is a lesson on “competing commitments” that helps leaders identify their own internal contradictions that are holding them back. In the second unit (team growth mindset) we dig into specific strategies for increasing both trust and speed at the team level, as well as managing conflict more effectively.

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The next cohort of the Growth Mindset online course starts in February next year, but you should sign up now, because prices are going up on January 1. Or better yet, lock the course in for your whole team. You’ll each get the full course at 33% off, plus you have the option of adding a half-day workshop where we work on applying what you’ve learned to your specific context. You can do the course and the workshop next year, but you should sign up now, before the prices go up. Contact me to arrange a coupon code you can use to secure the team rate, or you can purchase the workshop now, and that will guarantee the lower rates no matter when you do the course.

Jamie Notter

Jamie is an author and growth strategist at PROPEL, where he helps leaders integrate culture, strategy, and execution to achieve breakthrough performance and impact. He brings twenty-five years of experience to his work designing culture-driven businesses, and has specialized along the way in areas like conflict resolution and generations. Jamie is also the co-author of three books—Humanize, When Millennials Take Over, and The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement—and holds a Master’s in conflict resolution from George Mason and a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown, where he serves as adjunct faculty.
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