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12 Growth Mindset Coaching Questions

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In a world increasingly defined by rapid change and complexity, fostering a growth mindset is essential for personal and professional development. The Safe2Great framework offers a nuanced approach to this, emphasizing not just individual performance, but the profound impact one can have through emotional intelligence and relational dynamics.

Central to this philosophy are six key growth principles: Aim High, Explore, Transform, Go High, Team Up, and Lift Others Up. These principles serve as a compass, guiding us toward not only achieving our own goals but also enhancing our interactions and collaborations with others. To effectively embed these principles into daily practice, here are 12 thought-provoking coaching questions, two for each principle.

These questions are designed to challenge and expand your perspective, encouraging you to reflect deeply on your actions, decisions, and their broader implications. Whether you’re coaching others or seeking self-improvement, these questions are a valuable tool in nurturing a robust growth mindset, ultimately leading to greater impact and fulfillment in various facets of life.

Research into mindset is far too focused on thinking and problem-solving. It’s together with and through others that you can create the greatest impact. That’s what the Safe2great concept is all about.

Here are 12 questions you can ask yourself or coach someone with to develop their Growth Mindset.

1. How well did your plans impact your performance today? Did you aim high enough?

2. What was different to what you had anticipated? How will you plan differently to improve your performance?

3. When and how did you explore or try new alternative approaches or solutions? Did you stretch your comfort zone?

4. What did you hear or experience today that challenges your view of the world? Do you need to shift your own thinking?

5. To what extent did you help people link the big picture with their local or personal challenges?

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12 Growth Mindset Coaching Questions

6. How did you look for ways to improve and benefit from cross-functional connections?

7. How did you SHOW UP today, i.e, in what ways did your emotions shape your interactions with others?

8. What were the emotions of the people around you and how did you respond to them?

9. How did you show confidence in and encourage others?

10. How well did you listen to others and how did you demonstrate that you value their input?

11. How did you deepen or broaden your network today, especially with people with a different role or word view?

12. How did you support and help others to achieve their goals? Did you lend a hand where it is most needed?

If you’d like to test your Growth Mindset, take the quick test here https://www.safe2great.com/quicktest

Or take the FULL Growth Mindset 360 Test.

You should also read the article: 7 Growth Mindset Practices

Skip Bowman, keynote speaker on psychological safety and growth mindset

Skip Bowman

Author of Safe2Great, keynote speaker on psychological safety and growth mindset

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