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Prove or Improve

By March 8, 2022Leadership

What is the difference between an average leader and an exceptional leader? It’s the same as what separates a good teacher from a great teacher – or a decent athlete from a champion.

The difference lies in the way they think. And the way they think influences the way they act. So, how do the top-performers think differently?

According to researchers Carol Dweck and Heidi Grant, it’s approaching a challenge with a “performance improve” mindset instead of a “performance prove” mindset. But what does that mean?

A salesperson with a “performance prove” mindset has to win – nothing else is acceptable. They are only focused on the outcome. Whether or not they learn from the process isn’t important. It’s all about winning.

Contrast that with a salesperson who also wants to sign the deal but approaches the situation with a “performance improve” mindset. They analyze, debrief, deconstruct, and reflect on what went well and what went well. They ask questions like, “What could I have done differently?” or “What can I learn from this mistake?” By focusing on improvement, their overall effectiveness increases.

What can you do to develop a “performance improve” mindset?

Experience and Background

  • Professor at Warner University
  • masters in business administration (mba)
  • presenter at the WFX National Conference
  • former president, Church Planters of the Rockies
  • helped start 2 for-profit tech companies

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