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Cultivating Growth Mindset: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

Updated: Jan 31

Cultivating Growth Mindset: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

Cultivating Growth Mindset: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

In the quest for organizational growth, fostering a growth mindset within your team is pivotal. RJ Ledesma, Co-founder of Mercato Centrale Philippines and a seasoned entrepreneur, shares invaluable insights on how leaders can create a culture that encourages continuous improvement, not just instilling a growth mindset but also on adding value and solving problems for others. Let's delve into the key lessons, tips, and recommendations for supporting a growth mindset in your team.


Lead by Example:

  • Understand that leading by example is powerful. Demonstrating a growth mindset in your own work sets the tone for the entire team.

Constructive Feedback Matters:

  • The importance of providing constructive feedback. Instead of focusing solely on mistakes, highlight opportunities for improvement and growth.

Encourage Embracing Challenges:

  • Entrepreneurial journeys, the same as personal/professional life are filled with challenges, we should embrace them. Encourage your team to see challenges as opportunities for learning and development.


Create a Learning Environment:

  • Establish an environment where learning is valued. Encourage team members to seek knowledge and explore new ideas without fear of failure. Constantly seeking opportunities and staying agile in the face of challenges.

Acknowledge Effort and Progress:

  • Recognize and celebrate the effort and progress of your team. This reinforces the idea that growth is a journey, and every step forward is a success.

Provide Resources for Development:

  • Ensure your team has access to resources for their development. This could include training programs, mentorship, or tools to enhance their skills.

Additional Recommendations:

Embrace Change and Innovation:

  • Entrepreneurs thrive on change and innovation. Encourage your team to be open to new ideas and approaches, fostering a mindset that welcomes innovation.

Promote Collaboration:

  • Entrepreneurship often involves collaboration. Foster a sense of teamwork within your team, where members can share ideas and support each other's growth.

  • Establish regular forums where team members can collectively brainstorm and solve challenges. This fosters a collaborative problem-solving culture within the organization.

Provide Growth Opportunities & Adaptation:

  • Offer opportunities for your team to take on new challenges and responsibilities. This not only broadens their skill set but also instills confidence in their abilities.

  • In the face of disruption, highlight the importance of continuous adaptation. Instill a mindset where change is not feared but embraced as an opportunity for growth and improvement.

Be a problem solver:

  • Always take the opportunity to provide solutions and add value to your team and customers. After all, business exists because they are solving the irritations  and pain points of others.

Build a Growth Mindset from Failures:

  • Understanding that setbacks are stepping stones to success is a crucial lesson for leaders aiming to instill a growth mindset within their teams. It’s a matter of perspective. We need the entrepreneurial mindset + hustle mindset + growth mindset because Disruption in Business will be the new normal.

As a leader, applying these lessons involves creating an environment that encourages learning, providing constructive feedback, and promoting a culture where challenges are seen as opportunities. By incorporating these principles, leaders can inspire their teams to not only meet but surpass organizational goals, fostering a continuous cycle of growth and success.

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