Finding the Growth Mindset in Your Next Hire

It's not how good you are. It's how good you want to be.

A simple Google search about growth mindset will point you exactly to Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck, who wrote Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, where she shares that there are individuals with growth mindsets and those with fixed mindsets. Our mindsets determine how we manage situations and setbacks, our desire to improve ourselves, what we are passionate about, and our personalities.  

"Learn to identify those people who exhibit a growth mindset most of the time, because those hires will lift the entire team's success."

A person who has a growth mindset is persistent and believes they can always learn more information and skills if they work hard. Achievements come down to effort and not simply talent. A fixed mindset leaves little room to expand a skillset or improvement. 

What are the differences between the two? 

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What are the 5 traits of a growth mindset?

  1. Perseverance 
  2. Self Discipline 
  3. Flexibility
  4. Openness
  5. Emotional Regulation

When you hire individuals with a growth mindset, you are not just recruiting fixed talent, but rather individuals who have the potential to continuously develop and enhance their skills over time. This means that improvement in your company will be a never-ending process.

Once you understand the qualities to look for, hiring people with a growth mindset becomes a straightforward task.

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