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Growth Mindset: How your Mindset Can Support your Business Success

Sarah A Scala, M. Ed & OD,  ACC

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According to Carol Dweck, psychologist and researcher at Stanford University, and author of Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, people with a growth mindset believe that talents and skills can be developed. This mindset builds resilience and optimism. Folks with a strong growth mindset look at people as if they can be developed. They also stick with things and have good ways to cope and thrive. Folks with a growth mindset tend to have better business results because they're willing to overcome weaknesses and obstacles. Especially during times of transition, these folks tend to achieve more.

Those with a growth mindset tend to look for people who are better than themselves to learn from. This is very different from those with a fixed mindset, who often feel intimidated or threatened when they're around people who have more confidence or skill. The fixed mindset limits those people because they often close themselves off to opportunities where they could continue to stretch and grow.

According to coach and author Greg Salciccioli, in a recent Forbes Article on Mindsets, he shares ways to practice behaviors that enable a growth mindset including:

  • Be a searcher - Stay curious and looks for new ways

  • Engage in more exercise - Releasing endorphin which reinforce positive growth

  • Recognize your progress - Take inventory and celebrate small steps and wins

  • Celebrate Others’ Success - Energy through generosity and gratitude 

  • Use the Word ‘Yet’ - Yet = progress, moving towards growth

Sarah Scala Consulting has taught leaders and clients how to strengthen a growth mindset along with building Optimism, Resilience, and Grit skills to support people during times of change including transformation, mergers, and acquisitions.  


When you think about your mindset and view of working life, do you notice more pull towards a fixed or growth mindset? Please share in the comments. If you have specific questions, ask me. I'm happy to help.  

See our other blogs on Optimism, Resilience, and Grit

Dweck, Carol S. (2008) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books.

Popova, Maria. (2014, Jan 29). Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. Retrieved from: 

Salciccioli, Greg. (2017, Jul 10). Your Mindset Matters: Instead Of Boxing Yourself In, Set Yourself Up For Growth: 

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