Establishing a Growth Mindset Culture

Track: Instructor Development Conference

Session Number: 24
Date: Sat, Sep 29th, 2018
Time: 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Description:

CDNEUMANNS Training & Consulting, Inc. has identified a Growth Mindset culture as a key lever for boosting performance within the fire service leadership and instruction. A Growth Mindset culture enables leaders, instructors, and personnel to tackle the increased challenges associated with more rigorous standards, a focus on results, the integration of technology into pedagogy, and the enablement of more motivated and efficacious learners, needed for ever improved results and high performance in today’s ever-changing fire service. It is also a foundation everyone in the organization can utilize to chart their own paths throughout their careers and pursue them successfully. The Growth Mindset understanding, and practice provide individuals with the mental habits to embrace, and make the most of new and demanding opportunities.

A considerable body of research shows that a Growth Mindset increases achievement and performance. Mindsets have a direct and important influence on learning or adapting to change. A Growth Mindset is the understanding that our intelligence, abilities, and habits can be grown and developed through effort and learning. When individuals have this understanding, Growth Mindset behaviors usually follow: individuals take on challenges, focus on learning, work harder, use more effective strategies while moving forward towards positive results and personal growth, and stay resilient in the face of setbacks to overcome obstacles, seek help, ask questions, get inspired by others’ successes, and use feedback to guide improvement.

Dr. Dweck and her colleagues have studied learners and professionals throughout the country to explore the effects of mindsets on performance. They found that learners with a Growth Mindset not only had the more positive motivation, they achieved more highly and that it was possible to teach a Growth Mindset with beneficial results (Blackwell, Trzesniewski & Dweck, 2006). They also found that the learning environment had a powerful effect on students’ mindsets and that a Growth Mindset appears to be especially critical for those who are laboring under a negative stereotype about their abilities (e.g., Dar-Nimrod & Heine, 2008).

During the 2016 year, Emily Diehl and Chris Neuman, partnering with Mindset Works, began Growth Mindset training of fire service instructors and other leaders, and provided awareness, tools, and strategies implementation. Participants found the training to be valuable as support for the implementation of various newly introduced initiatives including Blue Card Incident Command Training and Company Performance Standards introductions. Hence, Chris Neumann expanded the work to other states and with other fire service teams and leaders, further deepening the work to enable a Growth Mindset culture, which will contribute to improved outcomes across departments.
Session Type: Educational Session

Learning Objectives: Module One: Fixed and Growth Mindsets
In this module, participants will learn how one’s implicit beliefs about intelligence and learning affect our chosen learning behaviors. Bringing together research from neuroscience and psychology, this module examines the plasticity of the brain, showing the potential for lifelong learning and growth. Participants will dive deeply into how our society communicates a fixed intelligence message and how individuals can shift their implicit and explicit messages to cultivate growth intelligence contexts while training, learning, and during day-to-day operations.
• The Malleable Mind
• Messages
• Research base

Module Two: Challenges and Mistakes
In this module, participants will learn the distinction between a performance and a learning zone and how instructors and leaders can cultivate a learning zone. This module will define four types of mistakes and how to think about each kind as well how to respond to or learn to avoid making each type of mistake in the interest of improving performance. Individuals will also delve into how a performance zone can contribute to high stress and high anxiety; and what individuals can do to shift from a threat to an opportunity state. Finally, this module will examine the role belonging and relationships play in an individual or team’s ability to engage fully in challenging situations.
• Threat vs Opportunity
• Mistakes procedures
• Belonging and Relationships

Module Three: Behaviors of the Growth Minded
In this module, participants will identify the specific behaviors needed in the fire service context that contribute to continuous improvement and improved performance. The module explains strategies for learning and growth and how to continue to put these strategies into practice personally and professionally over the course of one’s life. Specific performance goal-setting and self-assessments drive this module.
• Effective Effort and memory
• How to change/grow and results
• Self Talk
Session Type: Educational Session

Learning Objectives: Module One: Fixed and Growth Mindsets
In this module, participants will learn how one’s implicit beliefs about intelligence and learning affect our chosen learning behaviors. Bringing together research from neuroscience and psychology, this module examines the plasticity of the brain, showing the potential for lifelong learning and growth. Participants will dive deeply into how our society communicates a fixed intelligence message and how individuals can shift their implicit and explicit messages to cultivate growth intelligence contexts while training, learning, and during day-to-day operations.
• The Malleable Mind
• Messages
• Research base

Module Two: Challenges and Mistakes
In this module, participants will learn the distinction between a performance and a learning zone and how instructors and leaders can cultivate a learning zone. This module will define four types of mistakes and how to think about each kind as well how to respond to or learn to avoid making each type of mistake in the interest of improving performance. Individuals will also delve into how a performance zone can contribute to high stress and high anxiety; and what individuals can do to shift from a threat to an opportunity state. Finally, this module will examine the role belonging and relationships play in an individual or team’s ability to engage fully in challenging situations.
• Threat vs Opportunity
• Mistakes procedures
• Belonging and Relationships

Module Three: Behaviors of the Growth Minded
In this module, participants will identify the specific behaviors needed in the fire service context that contribute to continuous improvement and improved performance. The module explains strategies for learning and growth and how to continue to put these strategies into practice personally and professionally over the course of one’s life. Specific performance goal-setting and self-assessments drive this module.
• Effective Effort and memory
• How to change/grow and results
• Self Talk