Building a culture of learning for a ‘growth mindset’

17 March 2021 3 min. read

Talent is now sitting in the driver’s seat; making the choices based on personal motivators, priorities and alignment to a personal sense of purpose. On the flip side, employers have the added advantage of the gig economy coming into play, allowing for a new talent force to present itself in the new world of work. 

Businesses have started to prioritise strategies that enable them to leverage their size, reach and distribution. Companies scaling across geographies, have started to look at ways to incentivise and reward collaboration and team work. Others have focused on institutionalising cultures of learning, rewarding those who enable it, those who consume it and welcoming the culture of self-reflection.

With the changes in the world of work, organisations have been pushing the envelope trying to learn more about concepts of a leaner, more productive workforce, while also building a workplace that offers flexibility and is best suited to driver behaviours and values that companies prioritise for themselves; while being highly influenced by what the global workforce needs and wants.

Building a culture of learning for a growth mindset

Global trends are showing more and more businesses moving towards smarter, more communicative tools driven by chat bots, smarter search engines enabled by artificial intelligence for easier and faster recognition and reward that is immediate and relevant. 

Companies are pursuing opportunities to leverage solutions that can answer these needs faster and cheaper, while continuing to follow the dynamic introduction of new tools and solutions that keep their workforce more engaged, productive and agile. Tools that enable organisational alignment through effective sharing of the goals and results. Creating circles of influence in the organisation that help drive the ‘right’ behaviours and enable success.

As businesses take these options into account and start questioning how they can continuously evolve the culture of ‘compete and succeed together’, do away with the ‘sense of entitlement’ mindset, and accordingly encourage people to go the extra mile. 

Through years of work, psychologists have been able to uncover that the driver for motivation and achievement is highly influenced by a person’s mindset. Being fixated on the way things are done, how a person learns and how they deal with others based on a fixed point of view created limitations for learning, growing and subsequently outperforming their own achievements.

Accordingly, influencing the mindset of how people perceive their abilities, how they move from being fixated on how things are done to becoming more open to learn, grow and welcome feedback are some of the key opportunities of self-learning, learning from others and being more open to doing things differently. 

Focusing on the process that leads to learning – collaborating with others, doing things differently, increases the chances of more success guided by the philosophy of a ‘growth mindset’. 

An article by Somaya El Sherbini, ‎Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ‎HR consultancy RightFoot.