Wednesday, September 23, 2015


I had to read a book for graduate school that I would love to encourage you all to take a gander at. It's Carol Dweck's book, Mindset: The new psychology of success. Basically, it's about the two mindsets that describe how we deal with or define failure and success: fixed and growth. Understanding the two mindsets will help you understand yourself and just as importantly, those in your leadership circles, and even your congregation. The most important thing to know is that mindsets can change!

  • take things personally that aren't personal
  • label themselves negatively based on outcomes
  • need their egos polished regularly
  • don't like to take risks
  • feel they are judged
  • choose the short-term solution to boost stock and look like a hero, etc. 
  • see failure as a setback
  • work on getting better at things
  • are concerned with learning and growing
  • know they can change
  • look for people to help them
  • choose the long-term solution for organizational improvement, etc. 
Do you or does your congregation have a 
fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

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