What We're Into: The Growth Mindset

Positive growth, individually or as an organization, requires being open and ready to learn — what researcher Carol Dweck calls "the growth mindset." These resources share the value of embracing potential and letting yourself be open to the uncomfortable process of change.

TED Talk: Carol Dweck, "The power of believing you can improve"

Carol Dweck is a professor at Stanford who researches motivation. Her TED Talk describes the difference between people with a “fixed mindset,” who believe intelligence is static, and those with a “growth mindset,” who view intelligence as something that can be developed. People who see effort and difficulty as exciting challenges that help grow connections in the brain — as opposed to just giving up — are more likely to succeed.

Researcher: Brené Brown

In her interviews with research subjects, Brené Brown has found that vulnerability — letting people in on your weaknesses and failures — is the key to overcoming shame and forming valuable relationships. Watch her TED Talk, "The power of vulnerability," or check out her book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

Researcher: Teresa Amabile

Teresa Amabile analyzes motivation and performance in the workplace in her TEDxAtlanta Talk, "The Progress Principle," and in her book The Progress Principle with Steven Kramer. Amabile explores the idea that the best "inner work life" for employees comes from progress, or forward momentum in meaningful work.