Importance of mindset in an Agile transformation

Recently I have been occupied with concept of mindset. To know more about mindset, I have been exploring web to know more. In this blog post, I would like to share summary of my thoughts regarding importance of understanding mindset in Agile transformation in an organization or an individual.

According to what I understood by exploring resources shared by Carol Dweck (Professor of Psychology) talking about mindset (fixed/growth), it is important to understand what mindset people are in before we could act on Agile transformation. If the culture depicts growth mindset, people believe intelligence can be developed with efforts. They desire to learn at every opportunity. They accept constructive criticism. They get inspired by others succeeding. They are courageous to accept challenges and see failures as opportunities to learn from it. These qualities uphold success of individuals, teams and organizations. People in these environments find it easy in agile transformation.

On the other hand, if the culture is of fixed mindset then people in it are always concerned about their own achievements. Feel jealous when someone else succeed or even threatened by it. Avoid challenges, because they fear failures and that might affect their status among their peers. They ignore constructive criticism. They believe intelligence is natural or by birth and their efforts are worthless. These forbids continuous learning and growth of individuals.

For Agile transformation in organizations with fixed mindset culture it is necessary to work towards creating growth mindset environment. To do so, people involved in agile transformation (leaders, managers, employees…) needs to be trained in growth mindset and gain their belief that growth mindset is achievable with efforts. Creating growth mindset environment involves – presenting skills as learnable, conveying value of continuous learning over natural talent, giving feedback that promotes learning and future success.

To cultivate growth mindset in individual (self), one could start with listening to triggers of fixed mindset inside their mind. For example, how do one react when there is challenge? Does the mind say any of these? “I can’t do it since I don’t have intelligence. It might result in me failing, let me not do it”. Whenever one finds these triggers, it is an opportunity to practice qualities of growth mindset that I summarized earlier in this post. One must understand that growth mindset is not a state of mind you achieve at once and stay there. Instead, believe that growth mindset is a constant journey. One must practice and put efforts to learn continuously to cultivate growth mindset.

Source:

  • Mostly from videos on YouTube regarding mindset.
  • Some points from the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.

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