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NannyCast 42: Growth Mindset

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Today’s episode is going to be nonstandard. Today we are going to air, in its entirety, the audio from a YouTube video on growth mindset. The term “growth mindset” is primarily attributed to psychologist Carol Dweck, but we all know that nothing in academia happens in isolation so I’m sure there are other unsung heroes out there connected with the idea. Growth mindset is the belief that a person’s capacities and talents can be improved over time.

Now why would NannyCast, dedicated to human resources topics, be focusing on this term? Because it is one of the ways we can approach the world and our jobs to stop trying to bail – or worse self-sabotage – just because we make early mistakes in learning a new family. The opposite of a growth mindset is a “fixed mindset” which suggests to us that if our instincts weren’t right to handle a situation that any correction is simply showing that our relationship to our employers is a bad fit and that any effort we might put forth to learn their preferences or procedures is inauthentic and unsustainable. This may be true some of the time, but the majority of the time it is not.

If you are a nanny who recognizes that urge to run, listen on. Or, even better, if you can spare some eyeballs for a ten minute – yes ten minute! – YouTube video, stop this episode and watch the YouTube video in its entirety; the visuals by RSA do add something to Carol Dweck’s audio. You can find the video linked from the show notes for this episode or by going to nannycast dot com slash growth mindset.

If you are driving or watching your charges or something else that requires your eyeballs, you’re still going to learn a lot from Carol Dweck via the audio so keep listening on.

If you already know what a growth mindset is or already have one, we’ll see you in the next episode. For the rest of us, myself included, let’s learn!

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