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Transformative Principal is 

May 18, 2020

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a mental success coach and cutting-edge leadership consultant, author, trainer, and researcher. He helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Ryan is the author of “Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership.” (Morgan James Publishing)

  • How a school changed their growth mindsets.

  • We take on the mindsets of our collective culture.

  • When people have a fixed mindset they focus on looking good.

  • When we are emphasizing grades and not learning and growing, we are emphasizing a fixed mindset.

  • Fixed vs. Growth mindset

  • 90% of our thinking feeling acting is driven subconsciously. What drives that? Our mindsets.

  • Study about when kids faced difficult questions.

  • When we don’t believe we can improve, and we fail, we feel that we are failures.

  • Growth mindset - when we have that belief that we can change, we see growth as an opportunity to learn.

  • 50/50 growth vs. fixed

  • Intervention for growth mindsets.

  • Small interventions can shift our mindsets for 2–4 weeks.

  • 15 minute training just talking about how people are not fixed can be beneficial.

  • TED Talks and brain plasticity.

  • Open vs. Closed mindset

  • Compare our mind to a bucket relating to a particular area.

  • Closed minded don’t invite feedback.

  • Open minded folks leave space in their bucket.

  • Book recommendations: Success Mindsets

  • Bridgewater Associates - Principles by Ray Dalio.

  • Discussions - are we a team or a group where ideas can be heard?

  • Principles for success

  • Prevention vs. Promotion mindsets

  • Compliance is the stereotypical prevention mindset.

  • Is that place of safety the intended destination.

  • Interventions: Have a destination.

  • Amy Purdy ted talk

  • Greatest Showman Keala Settle

  • Inward mindsets: we see ourselves as being more important than others.

  • Outward mindset: others have needs just as great as my own.

  • Interventions: positive self talk. Am I seeing people as tools?

  • The Arbinger Institute: Leadership and self-deception

  • TED talk Benjamin Xander

  • When we have an inward mindset, we expect students to cater to us.

  • The most powerful thing we can do as educators is see students as people.

  • How to be a transformative principal? Go individually to his or her teachers and ask what stands in your way of being your ideal self?