• Belfast Book Review: Book 2 "Mindset" By Carol Dweck

Belfast Book Review: Book 2 "Mindset" By Carol Dweck

David Meade, Laura Jackson, Partner at BDO Northern Ireland and special guest David Gavaghan, chair of CBI Northern Ireland step inside ‘Mindset’ a motivational title that aims to help business leaders reach new heights. But does it fly?

‘Mind over matter’ is more than a mantra for weary team-builders gearing up to step on hot coals.  For world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the mind-set adopted towards almost any challenges of life and business is arguably more important than ability and talent.

Though her book ‘Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential’ was penned in 2012, the recent US election result is perhaps an intriguing example of Dweck’s theory at work. The best qualified, most experienced and arguably most capable candidates don’t always outperform those with unstinting drive and determination.

For businesspeople, Mindset is not simply an expanded riff on old motivational clichés. This is a fresh and compelling solutions-oriented handbook. Grounded in real life examples it shows how the way we think shapes our success and, more importantly, what practical steps we can take to alter our ideas and improve our outcomes.

Bill Gates credits Dweck’s research with having a big impact on his thinking and it’s easy to see why. Her premise is accessible to all readers and the advice is applicable to all businesses. What you believe affects what you achieve and, believe us, this is a book you’ll want to explore more than once.

David and Laura further discuss the book in this short video below. In this edition there are joined by David Gavaghan, Chair of CBI Northern Ireland.

Mindset by Carol Dweck is the second book to be reviewed as part of the Belfast Business Book Review, a free bi-monthly club where professionals can discuss the latest in business thinking. To join the club or find out more email judith.stewart@bdo.co.uk.