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Curious People Make Better Employees

First things first…

The demand for candidates who take initiative has increased almost 300% in job advertisements since 2010.

Have you heard of a Growth Mindset?

The concept of a growth mindset was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck and popularized in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In recent years, many schools and educators have started using Dweck’s theories to inform how they teach students.

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” Carol Dweck.

In other words, a growth mindset translates into skills to stay relevant, be agile and curious, continuously learn and adapt to the pace of change.

WHAT ARE THESE SKILLS?

These skills include the ability to cultivate curiosity, openness, a growth mindset and the capacity for lifelong learning. Supported by the cognitive function of flexibility these skills are building blocks for personal resilience and the ability to cope with and adapt to change.

 WHY DO WE NEED THESE SKILLS?

Work is no longer restricted to one employer, job or team. The best employees are learners. They constantly learn new skills to remain relevant in the workforce of the future, as well as new and better ways of doing things.

It is essential to ask questions like how can we do this better? What challenges will we face? Who might be able to help us with this? How can our work support other people’s work? What’s next? Why? Why not?

 

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