May 27, 2016 3:08 pm

Book review: Mindset – Psychology of Success

MindsetI am currently reading this beautiful book “Mindset” by Carol Dweck, a psychology professor from Stanford University.  It is one of the great books I have read so far, from interpersonal awareness point of view. Being aware of “Fixed” and “Growth” mindset characteristics and the thought process that we cultivate are much imperative for building better relationship, better businesses and better teacher/student relationship overall. Author gives plenty of examples to get better understanding of what “Fixed” mindset is and what “Growth” mindset is. In an essence we all have both the traits in us, and we may use them to the context. We may also crossover these mindsets at times , in our circumstances.


It is great to see numerous examples in several categories from Kids/parents to School/Teachers to corporate culture, businesses and Leadership, sports – essentially all walks of life and roles. Essentially my understanding and key takeaways reading this book, goes towards two aspects –
(a) the thought process or the mindsets that we inherently come with or put an effort to change our behavior and thought process over a period of time and over different circumstances,
(b) Communication, being a bottom line, is a root cause and remedy for every kind of relationship hassles – be it with any type of relationships – kids, schools, businesses, home, sports, work teams, etc.

What is cool over all of this book is the last chapter, as a workshop of how to change mindsets. Plenty of pointers and notes would help refresh and work on those areas.

Though I am still reading parts of this book – what I like is , as you read along the book , you would relate those scenarios to your own circumstances and apply these observations as appropriate.

Our School system and parenting is an epitome of  nurturing “Fixed” mindset in children. We praise kids for their grades (“what”) but seldom for their approach to achieving the grades (“How”). The action re-iterates over and over so they get bogged down with getting scores as their target, and most often than not, the lessons learned are short lived. However, if the kids were to keep their lessons for life, they should be kept focused on the “How” part than the intended outcome. In other words, we train children with “Fixed” mindset towards academics for the most, but seldom for their life (“Growth” mindset).

One of the powerful quotes from the book – “”We are not looking to crown a few princes, we need to work as a team” – Lou Gerstner, IBM”. Author has taken 3 key CEOs in the history coming from “Fixed” mindset taking the company to a newest height and declining at the same rate , and from “Growth” mindset steadily taking the companies to the greater heights at the same time empowering their employees, instilling the similar Growth mindset teamwork in them. There are plentiful references to Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great” and “Build to Last”.

Here isMindset Book review1 a little part of my notes from this book for the extent I have read so far.




Hope you will take time to get hold of this book and read it for yourself, apply the concepts and share with others.


April 4, 2007 11:31 pm

context Switching and Multi tasking…

Filed under: Attitude,General,Psychology — ramsblog @ 11:31 pm

Multi-tasking: How productive can one be doing multitasking. Sure enough, in active information era like this, most people expect people to be multitasking. In a way it make sense, but from psychological human behavior, it may not be possible. I heard that an average human being can keep 2 tasks in mind at any point of time to work on. That’s very interesting…

Context Switching: I never knew context switiching would be difficult. I understand the power of Repetition – well then that becomes a monotonous task and mind is completely programmed. Here is an example I went through in a class i attended recently. This was an exercise. Try this out:

  1. 1. take a 10 seconds and write Alphabets from A to Z. At the end of 10 seconds, stop and circle the last letter (a, b, c,…. z)
  2. 2. take 10 seconds and write 1 thru’ 100. at the end of 10th second, stop and circle the last number you wrote (1, 2, 3, 4, 5…. 100)
  3. 3. Now, take the same amount of time and write the series A1 B2 C3. etc… Stop at the end of 10 seconds and now circle the last letter.
  4. 4. now, compare the letter circled on step#3 with the one in step#1. And also look back and feel that experience

From this example, we would notice, we certainly b able to work on one area successfully and the moment we add additional tasks, the productivity goes down.

So, is multi tasking like this good?

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