As the CEO, you have the opportunity to foster a culture where “failures” and setbacks aren’t seen as career breaking experiences, but rather, accepted and even celebrated. Cultivating a growth mindset in your company is easier said than done. When your team is able to view new challenges as an opportunity to grow, they’ll take more risks that can benefit the business as a whole.
Unfortunately, many professionals still strongly believe that professionals and soft skills aren’t things that can be learned. As a leader, you are able to build a culture that encourages your team members to support each other and use every day as an opportunity to support each other and grow.
Once individuals start moving away from a fixed mindset where they believe talent is static and qualities like intelligence and empathy can’t be improved, they will start seeing themselves as constant learners. Asking questions, offering ideas, and giving and receiving feedback all become normalized. Collaboration and communication improve and lead to new ideas and better performance.
With a growth mindset, team members will see themselves as an important part of a team and take responsibility for their own growth while doing everything they can to help their teammates do the same. When challenges, setbacks, and shortcomings arise, these experiences are seen as opportunities to grow rather than a failure. Failure isn’t something that has to be feared and doesn’t produce the mental anxiety that can keep someone from trying new ideas.
Feedback is no longer something to be dreaded. Instead, it’s an opportunity for growth. Challenges are no longer something to be avoided, but embraced. Resilience in the face of obstacles replaces the tendency to just give up.
As a business leader, you know that constructive feedback is an essential part of your operations, but is your current feedback system actually hindering your team’s growth? When feedback comes intermittently, once or twice a year, or only when something goes wrong, it doesn’t help you or your team.
Matter believes that regular and constructive feedback is the key to developing a growth mindset and allowing everyone to grow their skills. Our 360-degree feedback approach to feedback helps encourage transparency and openness.
Turn your company’s focus away from labels and job titles and put that focus where it belongs. The growth mindset is all about prioritizing growth, enthusiasm, productivity, and the ability to overcome personal and professional obstacles.