The 5 Dimensions of
the Growth Mindset
The year was 2012. We were seated in a room in a hotel in Singapore with Prof Jeanne Liedtka. She was sharing her work on building organic growth for organisations. She shared the concept of the growth mindset and how it is a predictor of success in business growth. At that time, there was no way to assess a person's mindset and she used the most commonly available tool as a proxy - the DISC profile. The D-I profile was identified as the growth profile. However, the tool was not able to predict accurately the needs of the growth mindset since it was not designed for it. Hence, we decided to develop the assessment ourselves. Applying systems thinking and working with a behavioural psychology PhD, we undertook more than 5 years of hypotheses and tests.
What our research uncovered
The fixed and growth mindset concept is not a binary system. In fact it is continuum where the two end zones show predominantly growth or fixed tendencies, but the middle zone is there the individual can display either mindsets, depending on context.
The fixed mindset is not negative and neither is the growth mindset positive. They are driven by behaviours that may be appropriate or inappropriate for a given context.
There are five drivers of the growth mindset, called Dimensions. Each Dimension describes a set of behaviours that when come together, describe a person's growth mindset. The Dimensions are Learning, Bounce Back, Risk Taking, Forward and Pride.
Each person will have a unique profile of one's growth mindset based on the 5 Dimensions. There are theoretically 312.5 million different profiles. This means that there are many variants to the understanding of fixed and growth mindset.
Since the appropriate mindset is contextual, there is a need to understand the person's background like job scope, responsibilities, values, culture, experience, education, knowledge and skills. It also means that mindset can change by changing the operating environment.
How the 5 Dimensions of the Growth Mindset Contribute to Results?
Learning through doing allows the organisation to uncover what works and what doesn't through objective testing, recalibrating and fine-tuning.
The ability of the people to recover from setbacks and move ahead is a hallmark of the organisation's resilience - so important in growth!
To go out and learn requires one to risk being wrong, to risk being laughed at, to risk losing. Being comfortable putting oneself on the line to learn is key to growth.
Ultimately, to learn and grow, we need to move forward.We can do it in a planned approach, or an evolving approach. No approach is better, it just depends on the situation
Rather than pronouncing that we know better, to get growth, we need to suspend judgement and instruction and uncover what is really occurring and working from there.
Basic & Premium Reports
Our assessment comes with Basic or Premium Reports. The FREE Basic Report offers just the growth mindset profile and a short description. The Premium Report is job role specific. It comes with personal growth mindset profile, the Optimal Profile for the job role, the gap analysis and development plan.
What people say about the 5DGM assessment
At first, I thought it's just another psychology assessment, which I've done plenty of. However, it was a truly surprising and amazing one to one coaching session for me. It's interesting to find out if the extent of my growth mindset fit what my job requires and which growth area do I need to work on to excel in my current role or the future role that I wish to embark on. I appreciate Ian and Jessie for arranging this session for me.
Shee Wei, Malaysia
I learned a lot about myself which has been undiscovered all these while. It helps me to understand where my strengths are and the area that I actually need to improve. I would also like to thank Ian for the detailed explanation and advice. I'm looking forward to the upcoming workshop and can't wait for the day to come.
This assessment helps me to understand better where I am lacking and in which area I should grow myself more in order to make better progress in my life. What I like the most is there are follow-up sessions and e-book that guide me on the next step to overcome the problem.