New normal leaders set conditions for non-conformist growth

In the newly launched resource, Radar: The Journal of Adaptive Change, Paula Champa authored an article titled, “Don’t Follow the Leader: The Demise of the Mini-Me and the Future of Talent Development.” In the piece, Champa weaved together the research of Adam Grant and Carol Dweck.

An organization stands a greater chance of positively influencing its future trajectory when it fosters initiative and an adaptive mindset in its people.

The article is a must read for leaders working in transformative organizations who are mindful of culture within the leadership team. The provocation provides fodder for continuous reflection and kaizen around the dynamic equilibrium among “shared understanding” and “non-conformist diversity strength in a team.”

Included below are Adam Grant’s and Carol Dweck’s TED talks. How are your subtle leadership tactics communicating conform and comply versus agitate and grow?

Mindset Book Study: Learning Resources from #MVPSchool

In March and April 2014, the faculty of the Lower School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School engaged in three book-study cohorts exploring Dr. Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success…How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential.

The game plans for our learning together can be found on Scribd and Google Docs.

And to really engage in #DeeperLearning around Mindset, we developed Mindset Bingo, which can also be found on Scribd and Google Docs.

Two tidbits from my morning learning routine – growing roots and mindsets to bridge gaps.

Tidbit #1. Meghalayas Living Bridge. At Unboundary, we share what we’re learning on a WordPress system we call Foundary. This morning, in my feed from Foundary, I found this beautiful, less-than-five-minute piece (HT to Witt Langstaff) about the living bridges of Meghalaya. The story itself is mesmerizing, but the teaching and learning process is what struck me most profoundly. Field study. Project work. Actions that matter to a bigger cause. Apprenticeship and communal focus.


Tidbit #2. The Right Mindset for Success. This morning, walking in the rain with Lucy, I listened to a new podcast for me – I’ve recently added HBR’s Idea Cast to my morning podcast set. In this episode Sarah Green interviews legendary Carol Dweck about the Growth Mindset.

Among other morning learning, these tidbits have me thinking about what roots we’re cultivating in schools in order to bridge the gaps we face, and how we take on a growth mindset as an entire school or education system facing a world of rapid change, networked information development, and significant needs for problem and solution finding.