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Crodie's Growth Mindset Strategies for Administrative Assistants

"Embracing a growth mindset"

We hear this a lot and want to shed some light to help us all learn and grow.

In our roles as administrative assistants of any level across any sector globally we're all constantly faced with challenges, obstacles, and yes, even mistakes.

But what if we told you that these mistakes are golden opportunities for growth and learning?

Let's start by exploring what exactly a growth mindset is.

  • It's all about having a mindset that believes in the power of learning and development (L&D).

  • Instead of seeing setbacks as failures, we view them as stepping stones toward improvement.

  • It's about believing that with effort, perseverance, and the right strategies, we can overcome any hurdle that comes our way.

Now, we know it's easier said than done to embrace mistakes, especially in a world where perfectionism often "reigns supreme". But trust us when we say that there's immense power in acknowledging and learning from our mess-ups.

Take a moment to think about a recent challenge you faced at work. Maybe it was a miscommunication with a colleague, you forgot to book the lunch or maybe a collaborative project didn't go quite as planned. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, let's shift our perspective and ask ourselves: What can I learn from this experience?

Jodie shares a real-life example to illustrate this point.

"I remember a time when I completely dropped the ball, was having a very bad week, was low in mood and energy and every task completed seemed to be very sub-standard for me.

Although the boss I had at the time took this moment to kick me down further with degrading comments and a total lack of empathy for the situation, it was a lightbulb moment for me, to see their true character in a time of crisis!

On the way home instead of beating myself up about it, I took a step back and analyzed what went wrong. Most of the answers lay in the zone of "this boss is just not a nice person" but after that, I realized that I needed to look after my well-being first and communicate how I was feeling, then improve my time management (slow down) and communication skills (speak up) and prioritize tasks more effectively (be aware of priorities)

By learning from that mistake and that bad time, I was able to develop better strategies for being a better assistant in the future".

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself say i'm possible"
Audrey Hepburn

Q: How can we develop a growth mindset in our day-to-day problem-solving as Assistants?

It starts with self-awareness

  • Take a moment to reflect on your mindset and recognise any fixed mindset tendencies that may be holding you back. Once you're aware of these triggers, you can start to challenge and overcome them.

  • How? You can try mentorships first, they are very useful.

  • Also, seek feedback from colleagues and mentors if you have one, and be open to learning from their perspectives. Remember, we're all in this together, and there's so much we can learn from each other's experiences.

  • Celebrate your progress along the way! Every small step forward is a victory worth celebrating.

So, whether you're learning a new skill, overcoming a challenge, or simply embracing a positive mindset, take a moment to pat yourself on the back.

"There’s no such thing as failure, only results".
Tony Robbins

The Crodie Files Podcast is another great resource to learn more

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