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?”
the convention industry
Paris back as number one
in the city rankings for international congresses.
Africa Meetings
Africa Rising
in the ICCA statistic 2016.
business Intelligence
Saudi Arabia to launch into MICE sector
worldwide by exhibiting at IMEX in Frankfurt.
New position
Aoife Delaney
new Director of Marketing and Sales at DMC Network.
Redefining meetings
Sarawak goes tribal
to boost business.
Hotel world
Asias ultimate destination,
Signiel Seoul Hotel opens in the worlds new landmark.
Business Intelligence
Ottawa Tourism
sees large business events bookings up 220% in Canada’s 150th year.
meetings creates events, events creates meetings
Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre
in Gothenburg speeds up plans to extend facilities.
Aviation Industry
Swedish Aviation Tax to Cost 7,500 Jobs,
Conflicts with Global Carbon Agreement.
Successful trials lead IMEX in Frankfurt
to fully-fledged roll out of Zenvoy networking service.
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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?