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Fostering a Growth Mindset in Your Team

You've worked with teams that really clicked, and teams that seemed to fizzle. What made the difference? One factor may have been the mindsets of the people involved. In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Stanford University professor, Dr. Carol Dweck, defines a growth mindset as a belief that talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others. Those with fixed mindsets believe their talents cannot be changed. Teams that promote and foster a growth mindset tend to be more collaborative, empowered and committed--all factors we need in an effective development program. In this session, we'll review Dr. Dweck's research and other findings building upon her work, translate how a growth mindset can help build a more effective fundraising team, and provide real-world examples of how mindset can make the difference between a successful professional and a staff person on their way out.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the markers of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset
  • Identify strategies to encourage growth mindsets in your team
  • Identify ways to help fixed and growth mindset people work together