How to Encourage a Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck’s fascinating model describes a growth vs. a fixed mindset and how to recognize the characteristics of each. As a leader, you may be asking yourself: How can I inspire a growth mindset in my team? The key is to adopt a growth mindset yourself! Two 360 degree reports I recently debriefed reveal the …

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How to Recognize Two Different Mindsets

In my last blog, I explored Carol Dweck’s brilliant work about how mindset contributes to success, including 5 strategies for how to adopt a growth mindset. Your response was overwhelming. An intriguing question emerged: “As a leader, how can I recognize a growth vs. a fixed mindset among my employees?” Here’s a recent coaching experience …

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Is Your Mindset Holding You Back?

I recently had animated conversations with two intelligent, highly competent HR practitioners, who both left corporate HR jobs to start coaching practices. Two people, both with brains and talent. Why is one getting traction and the other is not? Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, suggests …

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3 Myths About 360s

Research confirms that leadership skills positively influence sales, net income, turnover and employee engagement. So how can you ensure that your leaders have the competencies and skills they need to drive results? By implementing a 360-degree feedback process for all your leaders. For almost 20 years, our firm has been designing and implementing 360-degree feedback …

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Is Your Feedback a Gift Card?

We often use the expression “All feedback is a gift.” During this holiday season it occurred to me that in fact, feedback is a gift card. A recent study estimated that if you don’t use a gift card within two weeks of receipt, there’s only a 20% chance that you will ever use it. Some cards even …

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Self-Esteem and Leadership

Imagine being told: “You need to improve your presence.” “Why can’t you think on your feet?” “You don’t do well with conflict, do you?” “You’re being defensive.” As you move beyond your emotional reaction, you might ask if low self-esteem contributes to these statements. Is it theirs or yours? What is self-esteem? Nathaniel Branden, the acclaimed …

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How Can HR Add Value?

By pinpointing the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will drive your organization’s vision, values and direction. This is called competency modeling. It’s not just HR’s role. As a leader, you must ensure that you hire, train, coach and model the agreed to competencies in all your daily leadership activities. The HR Reporter recently asked me to pen …

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