Growth Mindset or Fixed Mindset

Carol Dweck wrote a book entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Get it and read it. It’s well worth the price.

I read it several years ago. It is popping up here again because twice yesterday speakers referenced it.

John Ortberg, senior pastor at Menlo Churches, used it talking about what Christians often get wrong.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, referred to it in his discussion of corporate transformation as part of the keynotes at the GE Minds + Machines conference I’m attending this week in San Francisco.

Dweck describes two mindsets–fixed and growth.

People with the first mindset say, “I know it all.”

People with the second say, “I’ll learn it all.”

Ortberg referenced Christians who are like the first statement. They are viewed negatively by people at large. No one likes a “know-it-all”.

Nadella, talking about changing an organization’s culture, discussed going from a know-it-all culture (many of us who have dealt with Microsoft for many years know well of the know-it-all culture) to a “learn-it-all” culture.

Everyone I know who works at Microsoft says that the culture under Nadella is much better than what it was like under Steve Ballmer.

Our question for the day:

Maybe we are often learners, but where are we caught in a fixed mindset? And how can we get over that problem and open up to a learner mindset?

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