What Growth Mindset training is NOT about


 

I've seen it time and time again - from nonprofits to schools to tech organizations- so much focus is on client/student needs that they completely skip over those people in charge of delivering whatever that service is.

 

What I see from that approach is burn-out, resentment, even hostility towards administration. That type of resentment creates a tense environment and makes it hard for staff to want to serve the organization. It creates in-group/out-group mentality. 

 

The other thing I see is that too many organizations want to satisfy customer demands - which are about quick fixes, the latest trends and buzz words, and about so many unconscious triggers that most people have no idea how much the primitive parts of their own systems are 'asking' for something, that it is actually NOT in their highest interest to feed these frenzied masses.

 

I believe that organizational leaders must take the time to truly understand the deepest roots of what drives these frenzied masses and hypes that drive requests for things - and to use slow, intelligent reflection to help staff become agents who can resist the short term manias of customers and nurture the conditions that those customers truly need to access their most evolved systems, freedom and agency.

 

 

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FREE TOOLS

Growth Mindset Goal-Setting Booklet

There are three points of focus that are backed by research to help motivate people to become more self-regulating, persistent and conscientious in their work and study habits:

1) Celebrating Mistakes
2) Praising Process
3) Cultivating Purpose (specifically: "self-transcendent purpose"

The workbook has links to downloadable activities, a summary of how these three pillars improve performance, and space for self-reflection and goal-setting.

 

 

COURSES

 

 

Increase growth mindset in your school or organization using a brain-based approach to creativity, empathy and initiative.

 

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Neuroscience of Social Justice

 
Course description:

This is a course designed for any professional - working with youth or adults, in any context - to understand the neurobiology of human behavior in terms of how our own personal histories, and the evolution of human society, affect our current behaviors and worldviews.   The course will look at the 'mechanics of oppression' and how power structures maintain status quo systems through mechanisms that affect us on deeply primitive and neurobiological levels.  We will explore various forces that prevent humans from accessing their most evolved brain architecture. These forces include: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, digital depression, social media addiction, 'peer-reared' societies (excessive peer-to-peer orientation), fixed mindsets, fear-based and inadequacy-based marketing, and 'in-group and out-group' mentality.  
 
Resilience is the power to 'become transformed by that which we cannot control' in ways that increase our sense of agency to make a difference in the overall conditions of the world we live in.  To empower those we work with as well as in ourselves, we will explore how to increase this sense of agency through the concepts of growth mindset, self-regulation, and 'self-transcendent purpose'.  
 
This course is held at Chicago Academia, Chicago/Oak Park IL.
 

CONSULTING

Growth Mindset Consulting

 
Description:

Neuroscience-based Mindset Consulting services are designed for any organization - working with youth or adults, in any context - to understand the neurobiology of human behavior in terms of how our own personal histories, and the evolution of human society, affect our current behaviors and worldviews.   Together, we design a framework that includes goal-setting diagrams, the 4 Phases of Mindset Mastery™ map for staff to design their own mindset avatars and process maps and a Creativity Canvas™ for celebrating mistakes, praising process and discovering personal and organizational 'self-transcendent purpose'.   We will explore various forces that prevent your staff from taking strategic risks for innovating new ways of reaching their clients (clients can also mean students).   These forces of resistance include fixed mindsets, fear-based and inadequacy-based marketing, and 'in-group and out-group' mentality.  
 
It is NOT 'self-help' or 'personal development'.  
 
We will NOT actually use the word 'growth mindset' other than the initial introduction.  After that, we will ease the organization into using terminology that is based on science, physics and neurobiology, rather than buzz words.   
 
 
If you would like to build a growth mindset culture that is based on solid scientific, neurophysiological research, please email me at: info AT stefaniefayefrank DOT COM

 

"[...] fabulous, helpful, thought provoking, growth oriented training. I benefitted more from this experience than I have from whole classes on brain development, entire textbooks on brain research and multiday educational conferences. I know I am a better teacher for this morning’s experience. Heartfelt thanks."

- Michele, public school teacher, Kansas City MO

 

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