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Foster a Dynamic Learning Mindset

Actively develop a dynamic learning mindset across the organization to promote innovation, resilience, and development.

  • Organizations struggle to increase innovation at the necessary pace of change to remain competitive, and they need employees to be able to continuously learn and grow to do so.
  • A static mindset that does not learn from failure or feedback, avoids risk, and does not value effort hinders these desired outcomes.
  • For employees to continuously learn and take responsibility for their own development, they must change their mindset from static to dynamic learning.
  • This change not only requires that employees shift their mindset, but also demands that the organization has mechanisms in place to enable them and HR has the processes to support them.

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Critical Insight

  • Most organizations focus on one or two dynamic learning mindset (DLM) tenets to help drive success, but it is the active focus on all five tenets and the practice of them in unison that truly make the difference between small-scale success or widespread achievement.
  • Fostering a DLM is a continuous and active process. Passivity is not an option.
  • Achieving DLM integration will require modifications to HR functions. Keep culture in mind to avoid making changes that are not culturally aligned.

Impact and Result

  • Foster a DLM in your organization at three levels: the broader organizational level, the integrated HR level, and the employee level.
  • A DLM has five tenets that speak to building resilience in employees, promoting innovation and creativity, and fostering a commitment to diligent personal growth.
  • Developing a DLM starts at the top, and senior executives – including the CHRO – must embody, vocally support, and truly live and learn the tenets. This will show all employees that the organization is serious and committed to this project.
  • Once you’ve enabled a DLM at the organizational level, the HR department must support the tenets throughout each HR function, starting with competencies as the foundation.
  • Finally, train employees on what a DLM is and give them the tools they need to succeed.

Foster a Dynamic Learning Mindset Research & Tools

2. Integrate and incent a DLM across HR functions

Assess organizational culture and account for how each tenet can be represented at the organizational level.

3. Develop your employee training structure

Assess the DLM of the HR team and identify how each area of HR can better represent the DLM tenets.

4. Plan for next steps and iterations

Finalize planning and focus on how to communicate and follow up on DLM plans.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Build organizational readiness
  • Call #1 - Discuss project rationale for a DLM, including benefits and pain relief.
  • Call #2 - Review initiatives for the organization to enable a DLM.

Guided Implementation #2 - Integrate and incent a DLM
  • Call #1 - Discuss research recommendations and review the initiatives that have been developed to provide feedback.

Guided Implementation #3 - Develop your employee training structure
  • Call #1 - Discuss high-level goals and metrics and review training recommendations as well as training project plan for feedback.

Guided Implementation #4 - Plan for next steps and iterations
  • Call #1 - Discuss finalizing plans for a DLM and review how to update planning and measure success of the project.


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  • Bill Lamphear, VP of HR Operations, Pace Industries, LLC
  • Ed Holinski, Director of Talent Development Services, American Society of Employers
  • Flora Pasini, VP of HR, Altus Group Limited
  • Harpal Sekhon, Leadership Development Manager, Unilever
  • Irwin Jankovic, Ph.D., Strategic Program Manager HR, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • John Roberts, Ph.D., President, Philomathia Group
  • Josh Arceneaux, North Highland
  • Julie Pepin, Manager, Global Organizational Development, Gildan Activewear Inc.
  • Louis Ansara, Director, Corporate HR, Worthington Industries
  • Margie Meacham, CEO and Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo, LLC
  • Michelle M. Smith, CPIM, CRP, Vice President, Marketing, OC Tanner
  • Naz Dormani, Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Leadership
  • Nicolette Moore, North Highland
  • Orlando Castillo, Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, Capital Farm Credit
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