Meetings No 18
Chart a New Course to a Blue Ocean
Atti Soenarso: “In blue oceans competition has no meaning.”
Cover Story
Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
Sofia Falk: “Today businesses are eager to find solutions.”
Recharge to Thrive Again
Dr. Rajkumar Reghunathan on burnout management.
Sydney Set for Business Event Boom
82 international events are in the pipeline for 2017–2023.
Knowledge Exchange
Meetings Are a Significant Economic Driver for Whistler
Insight into the city’s venue role from Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
Knowledge Hub
Converting to Convention
Abdulla Bin Souqat on designing Dubai as a destination.
Sports Events
Sport and the City
Barbara Martins-Nio: “Successful sports cities have a clear strategy.”
The Road Not Taken
A poem by Robert Frost.
CWT Foresees Event Growth in 2017
Safety, security and technology are expected to be major trends.
IBTM World Unveils Ultra-relevant Content for Meeting Planners
A knowledge programme shaped by attendees’ priorities.
Economic Multiplier
Driving Collaboration and Innovation Through Personality
Meet Gavin Poole, CEO of London’s new tech campus, Here East.
How Business Titans Do It
A Mastery Session by Robin Sharma.
IBTM World Announces Award Shortlist
Ten finalists will compete for Technology and Innovation prize.
Brain Check
Pleasurable Dopamine Rushes
Tomas Dalström interviews Professor Lars Olsson.
Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
Roger Kellerman: “Why limit yourself when you can keep on learning?”
Award winner
Gothenburg ranks number one
among sustainable and innovative cities.
association meetings
Inaugural Winners
of Incredible Impacts Grants Announced.

Nigeria, Senegal and Cape Verde
dominate the West African hotel pipeline with 77% of the total planned hotel rooms.
business Intelligence
Business events
must adopt Olympic standard when it comes to safety.
hotel news
Dubai’s first all-inclusive resort
sees big rise in demand.
maximum meeting place
Paris Convention Centre:
the largest conference centre in Europe.
Business Intelligence
Digital focus gives 13% uplift
for Denmark on German MICE market.
meetings create meetings
European Association Summit 2018
8-9 March 2018 at the SQUARE - Brussels Meeting Centre.
Big meetings big money
The summit of cardiology to return to London
despite Brexit as the city commits to healthy streets.
business intelligence
Increasing value of meetings, incentive and events sector in Hamburg
3 million overnight stays in 2016, worth more than 706 million euro,
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Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

When you fail, what goes through your mind? Do you feel you have let yourself down because you lack an innate ability to cope with everything that is put before you? Or do you realise that you cannot know everything and that even as an adult you can still learn things? Based on your answers, you should already be able to easily distinguish if you have a predetermined way of thinking or a mindset that is open to development and growth. This is an important question for anyone who wants to understand how they learn or how they allow themselves to be taught.

I know plenty of people who basically refuse to learn new things. They either don’t want to, or find it difficult to absorb new knowledge. They give the impression of already knowing everything they need to know, and it is enough to last the rest of their lives. Full stop. This is a static mindset that means these people do not want to develop.

Fortunately, I also know a lot of people who are aware that all challenges can be met by learning new things and that this process continues throughout our lives. These people solve problems by learning something new, form a better understanding of their surroundings and find new sources of learning. They also realise that sometimes it is necessary simply to think the opposite of yesterday because new times require new skills. This is what the research calls a growth mindset, meaning we are always challenged to progress, develop and grow ­– hence the name.

This knowledge comes from psychologist, scientist and author, Carol Dweck, of Stanford University, who, in her research, discusses the difference between a fixed and growth mindset.

“In a fixed mindset, students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look clever all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset, students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”

Carol Dweck’s research focuses on education and how the brains of pupils can be formed over time. In the research it is clear that the growth mindset approach is preferable when it comes to teaching pupils. Her research shows that if you learn this approach, you will keep using it in adulthood.

Is it possible for adults to change from a static to a more growth-based attitude? Yes, it must be possible. If you want to change, want to learn new things, want to push the limits and have a fundamentally positive attitude towards the brain developing throughout your life, then it should work, shouldn’t it?

So with this said, why not use this column as an opportunity to reflect on how you think and learn? Do you have the attitude that you constantly want to learn new things? Or are you content with the knowledge you already have?