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.



September 13, 2006 7:44 am

Doctors and patients relationships…

Filed under: Medical,Relationships — ramsblog @ 7:44 am

I came across this blog post mentioning about the doctors and Patients relationship and how doctors can ensure helping patients giving better information. A quote goes ” Even though we might assume some patients are not aware, I think we should always talk to them,…” and the following line caught my eyes ” …In the medical profession doctors often find themselves at the opposite end of the realtionship continuum with many patients wondering and skeptical about their doctor’s level of care and concern for them….” 

I had shared about my recent experience in another blog post, and how quick my appointment was. Sure, I liked the amount of time it took and the response I had at the lobby and the new office environment was great.. inspite, deep inside, I felt, did I really get answers to all my questions. I know my doctor was busy – but the question I still had – “should I make another appointment or search on medical encyclopedia or other sources?” At times, I felt the nurse line service providers were better in answering our questions taking their time out.

The common response I hear from lot of people asking – “anybody have a great doctor who can answer my questions, even if they are silly questions?” I am very interested to get to know if there are ways I can have extra time with my doctors during my appointments and if they could tell me more and help me understand. I don’t know many medical terms, and sometimes, I even go blank of what to ask.

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