Feedback helps with your personal and professional growth. Others can help you by sharing best practices or asking questions about your behavior in the workplace. To take advantage of feedback you need to have an open mind: The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it’s open.

Studies into ‘fixed and growth mindsets’ provide valuable insights into the ideal mindset for personal growth and performance. According to research, people with fixed mindsets view skills as constant personal traits, while people with growth mindsets view skills as something that can be improved.

People with growth mindsets are more likely to take risks and overcome obstacles by seeing failure as a signal to try harder, rather than time to give up. They are more likely to take feedback as an opportunity to grow.

The good news is that we are not naturally divided into either fixed and growth mindsets. With the right triggers, you can develop a growth mindset. Feedback is an important part of that process.

Steps to develop a growth mindset: 

  1. Ask for more feedback not less!

    You don’t have to wait for an annual review to get feedback. To get more comfortable with receiving it, ask for feedback more often. Feedback allows you to ‘update’ improvements to your performance. Don’t run away from difficulty.

    It’s important to remember that many people are just as uncomfortable giving feedback as they are receiving it. Be appreciative and ask specifically about the effort you put in, the progress you make and the strategies you choose
  2. Recognize and acknowledge your fixed mindset 'voice':

    Receiving tough or unexpected feedback is hard to digest. Try to see the feedback from the other’s perspective and consider it objectively. When you start placing blame on others for the feedback they give you, this is mostly likely your fixed mindset speaking.

    Once you recognize this voice you can begin counteracting it and responding with a growth mindset. Dare to learn!
  3. Find trustees

    In a feedback culture, it is important to assume good intentions. Others are eager to help you with your personal and professional growth.

    Trustees explicitly ask each other to help and monitor their skill development and professional growth. Coalitions of trustees encourage each other to share useful information and allow each other to give constructive feedback continuously.

    Seek out a variety of peers you trust to get comfortable with asking for feedback. Make sure they will not only give you praise but pick peers you would go to if you want an honest opinion on your latest performance.

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