Here at Found, we’re always looking for ways to learn something new. With growth being such an important mindset for us, I’ve been doing some reading around the concept and listed my top 5 recommendations. 

This is not an exhaustive list, but all are books I’ve found particularly helpful in applying growth mindset concepts to my day to day. 

Mindset Carol Dweck
  1. Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck

The original growth mindset book. It takes you through what a growth mindset is and basically how your mindset is the key to everything – e.g. if you think you can or if you think you can’t, you’re right. Also, some tips on how you can train your mind to become more growth focussed.  A great intro to the concept.

The Squiggly Career
  1. The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper & Sarah Ellis

A brand new book but a game changer in how we think about career development and growth. You can see why I was interested! It’s helped me understand that growth in our careers isn’t always linear but actually comes in many different shapes and different paths, each with something new to offer and learn from. It’s a fantastic way to start thinking about defining these possibilities and being open to them.

The Outward Mindset
  1. The Outward Mindset by The Arbinger Institute 

This book helps you change the way you think about people, the way you work with people and change the outcome of your life experiences. Not much then (!) Seriously though, I’ve found it helpful in thinking about how we perceive people, situations and, ultimately, how we react – resulting in better collaboration and the ability to understand others. Gives you some positive, practical things you can apply.

The Coaching Habit
  1. The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier 

Coaching is key to helping your team grow. This is a fantastic book on how to develop a coaching habit to ask more questions, overcome obstacles and empower your teams. One I would recommend to any manager/leader/HR person.

How to Fail
  1. How to Fail by Elizabeth Day

I’ve kept the best for last, my all-time favourite book – I’m a big fan of the podcast too. Although this goes through a lot of personal stories, I feel there is a lot to learn here. By reframing failure as an opportunity to learn or guide us in a different direction, it really helps us to develop a growth mindset. Instead of seeing failure as a negative, it’s an opportunity to grow and learn, building resilience. 

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Overall, I think all of these books are a good start in helping to develop a growth mindset. Each one teaches you something new about how you perceive things, react to situations, how to work and communicate with people, how to develop resilience, and turn a negative into a learning opportunity. Of course, the whole point of a growth mindset is that it’s not a ‘one and done’ type of deal, so I’m sure I’ll be reading (and learning) a lot more this year!