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Facing challenges? Change your mindset.

June 22nd, 2020

Camelia Petrus, Head of Business Development

Certified EI Assessor and Trainer Workplace Behaviour and Leadership


You are facing new challenges every day. 

New technology can give your business an edge but trying to get your head around it all quickly is challenging. So take it step-by-step. Set aside time to do some research, talk to others in your industry (or us), or take an online course so you are up-skilled and ready to make the decisions about next steps.

The challenges you face provide opportunities to learn and grow and might give you the ability to set your business apart.


Growth and Fixed Mindsets 

As adults we try to teach our children the things that took us many years to learn. 

One of the new buzzwords in schools at the moment is 'Growth Mindset'.

The theory of the growth mindset came from research done by Carol Dweck 30 years ago that investigated how students coped with failure.

In the study some students were devastated by small hurdles, while others were not deterred and kept trying. The researchers concluded that ‘fixed mindset’ individuals fear failure as they believe it is a negative statement about their innate abilities. In comparison, students with a ‘growth mindset’ believe that their performance could be improved with effort, time, persistence and learning. Dweck argued that a growth mindset will allow a person to live a less stressful and more successful life.


Shift between Growth and Fixed Mindsets 

In today's world, we are constantly having to tackle new things and learn new skills. The roles we started in as we entered the workforce have changed dramatically and the pace of change is more rapid than ever. It can be overwhelming... if you let it. Being conscious of your own mindset can be helpful.

Abilities and intelligence can be developed. This mindset is easier defined by contrasting it with the Fixed Mindset (an underlying belief that our abilities and intelligence are predetermined and set at particular levels).

Emotional self-management is the Emotional Intelligence capacity that helps us shift our emotions from negative to positive and vice versa. Therefore, it is critical to our mental and behavioral agility and our capacity to shift between Growth and Fixed Mindsets.


In your organisation, the more Emotionally Intelligent your employees are, the more likely they are to be mentally and behaviourally agile and, therefore, adopt Growth Mindsets. Emotional Intelligence learning and development implemented across a workforce can help organisations grow a Growth Mindset culture. 

In the mean time, changing your approach can help relieve stress as we tackle new things. Here are some tips:

  • Take it in stages - You won’t be an expert overnight so take it one step at a time.
  • Failure is just part of the process - we often learn more from our mistakes than our successes so don't let the set-backs hold you back.
  • Share your experiences - Join an industry group on LinkedIn, Facebook or in person to share your experiences and learn from others.

Whether its new technology, a process change at work, cloud accounting or getting your head around new marketing software. You are facing new challenges every day.


So, next time you feel like saying ‘I can’t do it’, replace it with ‘I can’t do it, yet’.


More about Camelia Petrus: 

Camelia graduated from Massey University Auckland in 2005 with a PGDip in Psychology majoring in I/O (work) psychology. She joined the Lynch & Associates team in 2016 where she leads the Business Development team.  

On 11th October 2019 Camelia completed the Genos Emotional Intelligence Certification Program and attained full Genos EI Practitioner status. As a new member to the Genos community and OPRA Psychology Group we now have unrestricted access to the complete range of Emotional            Intelligence surveys and reports as well as training for their suite of EI enhancement programs. By becoming a Genos member she has joined the global Genos practitioner community, providing us with access to:

  • International research into the application of Emotional Intelligence in the workplace.
  • Ongoing professional development and networking opportunities such as online training courses, quarterly live webinars and annual conferences.
  • The Genos resource portal containing Certification-related materials, sample reports, interesting articles, power point presentations, facilitation resources and promotional materials. Read more here.

Camelia Petrus, PGDip Work Psychology

Head of Business Development