PPP 402 | Surprising Insights About the Growth Mindset that Project Managers Need to Know, with Eduardo Briceño

Total Duration 41:31

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In this in-depth discussion, Andy is joined by Eduardo Briceño, author of The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset Into Action, to delve into the concepts of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. The conversation covers how these mindsets are not as binary or mutually exclusive as we may think, but rather can be found within us at different times and in different contexts. The theme of maintaining a balance between having a growth mindset, which holds the belief in the potential for change and improvement, and knowing when to lean into a fixed mindset, is explored. Eduardo advises on how to apply deliberate practice to improve performance and suggests viewing ourselves as evolving and changing.


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:00 Start of Interview
  • 02:09 Eduardo's Personal Journey and the Performance Paradox
  • 04:29 Understanding the Performance Paradox
  • 04:33 The Difference Between Learning and Performing
  • 13:40 The Misconception of the 10,000 Hour Rule
  • 16:51 Understanding the Growth Mindset
  • 22:44 Applying Growth Mindset to Personal Goals
  • 24:25 The Role of Identity in Growth Mindset
  • 27:15 Creating a Learning Zone in Teams
  • 32:23 Implementing Growth Mindset in Parenting
  • 35:51 Andy's Comments About the Interview
  • 40:00 Outtakes

Learn More

You can learn more about Eduardo and his book at Briceno.com. And catch his TEDx Talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/eduardo_briceno_how_to_get_better_at_the_things_you_care_about.

If you’d like more on this topic, check out:

  • Episode 202, Morten Hansen, Great at Work
  • Episode 236, Amy Edmondson about her book on Psychological Safety
  • Episode 240, Jim Detert, also about psychological safety

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