Dweck’s work on mind set in undoubtedly pivotal when it comes to understanding how to support people in developing and achieving and significantly its importance in developing young people to reach their potential.

In a recent TES article https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/growth-mindset-doesnt-promise-pupils-world she talks about how giving young people ‘hollow reassurances’ may not help in allowing them to achieve and reach their potential. In essence setting someone up to fail or not understanding clearly how to manage expectations.

In fact Dweck notes that it may be setting young people up with unrealistic expectations that, when not achieving,  may cause disappointment and have a potentially adverse effect on their mind set.

Her comments highlight the integral part we play as parents/educators/employers in managing and supporting expectation in a way that promotes a mind set growth.  The hollow reassurances may sound useful at the time but it’s the long game that’s important in development, as well as  the short win.

Doug Strycharczyk and Professor Peter Clough have spent 25 years in supporting this thought with their work in developing Mental Toughness.  The focus on understanding where people are now, where they want to go and what they need to get there has been integral in the development of tools such as MTQ48 and CARRUS.  It’s very much a personal journey and everyone has their own path.

By clearly understanding one’s starting point you are able to work with them more effectively in moving along their journey in changing mind set – a fundamental of Dweck’s practice and the foundation of much of the work with young people at AQR.  One of the great examples of this is the Breaking Barriers programme run by London Youth Rowing.

Breaking Barriers is London Youth Rowing’s social mobility programme which helps support young people through corporate mentoring, skills sessions and rowing.  The programme uses MTQ48 to identify individuals’ personality traits and support them constructively in developing these skills so that they can reach their potential through the mentoring and skills sessions which will lead to better attainment and employability options.

Layal Marten (Head of Development) describes the MTQ48 as an integral part of understanding how to work with young people and give them the right support and a plan that’s personalised to their mental toughness level.  By incorporating MTQ48 it has also allowed London Youth Rowing to gather intelligent data that can be used accurately to support people, while also being vital for reporting impact.

Carol Dweck is right.  Everyone has the ability to cultivate their mind set – what Doug and Peter have done with MTQ48 is operationalise this and make it very accessible to users and “clients”. It is this which gives people a chance to understand where they are and how they can achieve their potential.

If you would like further information on Mental Toughness please visit our website at http://www.aqr.co.uk/page/mentaltoughness. Or for the opportunity to complete the MTQ48 free of charge (one per organisation) contact Ben at ben@aqr.co.uk

AQR is a leading edge publisher of psychometric measures, we also work through partner organisations. For more information please visit www.aqr.co.uk

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