The problem I want to address today
Have you seen a colleague who pretends that he knows everything? Who doesn’t want to take any feedback? I have seen one, an architect on a project. Once I saw that he was doing a task. I knew how to do that task much faster and much easier. I told him. Do you know how he reacted? He said that he knows more ways to do it.
I was surprised! If someone showed me a better way, I would thank him and learn from him.
People who don’t want to take constructive feedback are known as fixed-minded.
Problems with fixed minded people
- They are not growing, as they are not learning from others
- When you give feedback, they reject it, take it as a personal attack, and sometimes start a nasty debate
- They are more to protect their face value and serve their ego, which is terrible for team building
- They argue to win every argument, which costs the team time and makes relationships bad with colleagues
As you can see, they are not good for the team, the project, and the company.
Benefits of growth-mindset
Growth mindset will make you positive. This is the single most benefit of the growth mindset.
- You will take feedback as a gift, as an opportunity to grow yourself
- If you face a bad situation, you will ask: “What can I learn from here?”
- You will be curious to engage and learn from others: this makes working with others more enjoyable
- If someone challenges you, you will try to understand his point of view instead of debating. You will engage in a healthy discussion; maybe you will learn something new!
Growth minded people believe that: You can learn new things with practice and effort. Suppose you are a new team lead and you are missing some skills. You might get stressed with this new role, as you need to learn a lot of new things, new people etc. But growth-minded people know that you can acquire the missing skills with practice. So, you will talk with your manager and colleagues who led before. And take courses/training to be better at leading a team.
So, growth mindset will make you more intelligent and will improve your career. But, if you are not growth minded, you will burn out and feel stressed.
In a previous post, I shared practical tips to be growth minded, learned from my career.