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Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

Reframe your thinking to boost personal and organizational performance

Research on mindset suggests that there are two predominant views people have about their abilities. It turns out that those views have very different impacts on performance. This seminar examines what it means to have a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset, explores how these mindsets come about and provides a framework for changing both our own mindset and the mindsets of others in our organization.

Upcoming course date

Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 3:30-6pm

Benefits of attending this online course

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the difference between growth and fixed mindsets, and why it matters
  • Examine your own mindset and how it impacts your daily life and work
  • Re-evaluate your attitude towards making mistakes
  • Diagnose the prevailing mindset in your organization
  • Utilize key strategies, tips, and tools to help promote a growth mindset in your organization

Growth vs Fixed Mindset content overview

The focus of this seminar is on understanding the value of a growth mindset and learning how to cultivate it in ourselves and in our organizations. By harnessing the power of the growth mindset, we can transform both individual performance and large-scale organizational culture.

In this seminar, we will address:

  • The psychology and neuroscience of mindset
  • The difference between fixed and growth mindsets
  • How our own mindset affects our learning, performance, and confidence
  • Coaching strategies to promote a growth mindset in ourselves and our organizations
  • Giving and receiving feedback, taking remedial action, and negotiating with a growth mindset
  • The “triple rudders” of organizational culture, and how to deploy them to build growth mindset
  • The role of humility in leadership
  • Case studies in growth mindset leadership from successful companies

Seminar participant reviews

“I very much enjoyed the course – thank you! The reading material was interesting and thought-provoking. I particularly appreciated the discussion about how to put the growth mindset philosophy to work in an organization. The timing of the course worked well. Initially 2.5 hours seemed lengthy to be online, but the time flew by. Another great UW seminar – thank you Professor Johnson!” – Suzanne Ropeta

“In our new virtual world, the use of zoom breakout rooms is critical. I enjoyed getting to make connections and have more in-depth discussions. I was excited to learn more about how I can personally promote a growth mindset and achieve behavior change among my team and/or organization.” – Nicole Summerside

Registration and Fees

Dates and fees Registration
Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 3:30-6pm
Register now
Deadline: April 1

Program fee includes instruction and learning materials. Payment must be made by credit card or UW budget transfer. It is strongly encouraged that you register early as space is limited. See discount and cancellation policies.

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson is an Associate Professor of Management at the Foster School of Business. He has been a member of the faculty since 2006 and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including, most recently, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2019. He is widely published in the fields of management and organizational behavior, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology. His current research focuses on decision-making, teamwork, emotions and stress, and social identities.
Like our in-person courses, online courses from Executive Education are designed and led by Foster School faculty and taught using the same evidence-based research and application. Students will participate in discussions, breakout sessions, and direct interactions with our faculty. Courses are conducted via Zoom, which facilitates real-time interface between students and faculty via webcam and text-based chat.

Two weeks prior to the live class session, you will receive information about any pre-readings, assignments, or case studies that need to be completed before class.

In addition to the faculty, each course has an assigned Program Manager who will provide guidance throughout the course.