Working with a Growth Mindset

Skills Cafe

About This Course

Mindset is a set of assumptions, beliefs, and notions that people hold. A person with a fixed mindset assumes that intelligence is static. They believe that capabilities cannot be changed and success is the only true measure of competence. However, a person with a growth mindset thrives on challenges, regards failures as learning processes, and views setbacks as a springboard to grow. In this micro-workshop, participants will discover the traits of a person with a growth mindset, challenge their own mindset, and create an action plan for the future.


Curated videos and reading material

Skill Drill 1: Exploring Mindset

This session is driven by stories. First, participants read the story (in dialogues form) of an executive who displays attributes of a fixed mindset and then compare the individual with another executive who displays attributes of a growth mindset. Participants then use the characteristics and traits to reflect on their own style and focus areas.

Skill Drill 2: Adopting a Growth Mindset

In this session, participants deep dive into the growth mindset through a simulated case study. Participants work in teams to play the role of an executive facing challenges and dilemmas at work. Participants take decisions on behalf of the executive and choose between decisions that display a growth mindset or decisions that display a fixed mindset. Participants receive immediate feedback as the story unfolds based on the decisions that they take.

Skill Drill 3: Applying a Growth Mindset

In this session, participants create a personal plan of action and identify opportunities to display attributes of the growth mindset at work and in life. Participants also create an action plan for developing a growth mindset in their immediate teams.


  • Learning nudges on days 1, 10, 30, and 60
  • Learner evaluation through an online survey

Learning Objectives

Introduction to having a growth mindset
Encourage a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset
Create an action plan to identify a growth mindset
Understand the benefits of a growth mindset

Target Audience

  • Individual Contributors
Working with a Growth Mindset
Duration 4 hours

Material Includes

  • Workbook
  • Handouts
  • Nudge cards

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