Chamber Chatter

I recently sat down with my exceptional team at the Chamber to discuss how we can all embrace a growth mindset. There are several theories related to how we can best improve ourselves and our situations, but I like Dr. Carol Dweck’s description where she says, “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”

To illustrate growth mindset further, it needs to be contrasted with a fixed mindset. Here are some differences.

• Related to challenges, the fixed mindset avoids challenges while the growth mindset welcomes them.

• Related to obstacles, the fixed mindset gives up easily while the growth mindset wants to turn them into opportunities.

• Related to criticism, the fixed mindset ignores useful or negative criticism while the growth mindset works to listen and learn from criticism received.

• Related to the success of others, the fixed mindset is threatened by the success of others while the growth mindset sees other’s success as something to strive toward or is inspired by such success.

The bottom line is that the individual with a fixed mindset will not achieve their full potential due to their disinterest or unwillingness to continue to learn and grow while the individual with a growth mindset will continually strive for even higher levels of achievement and success.

The growth mindset principle is the impetus behind Tucson Metro Chamber’s Business Summit and Expo to be held at the Tucson Convention Center on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As successful business owners and executives, we are continually working to develop innovative ideas and learn ways in which we can improve.

The keynote speaker for the Chamber’s Business Summit will be Jack Selby, part of the group that founded PayPal. We hear a lot of stories about how taking risks and implementing innovative ideas can result in great advancements in our society and, let’s be honest, create a great deal of profit. Mr. Selby now manages funds that help get new ideas off the ground that will make even greater improvements. 

The luncheon will be followed by a series of breakout sessions focused on helping business owners and managers learn how to grow and new ways to achieve success. The following breakout sessions were developed by listening to Chamber members and assembling the right subject matter experts who will share their experiences and information based on those specific interests:

• How to Tell a Fundable Story

• Understanding Access to Venture Capital

• Innovative Digital Presence, Social Media and Google Analytics

• Responding to Today’s Vulnerabilities, Risks and Issues

• Emerging Business Trends and Achieving Growth

• Workforce Development and Talent Attraction: What is being done about it?

• Leaving Your Legacy and Succession Strategies

• Impact of Advocacy and Outreach, and Why Community Collaboration is Crucial

• Accessing Grants and Government Funds

Between Mr. Selby’s story and the information shared by the breakout session panelists, the optimal outcome of the Chamber’s Business Summit will be inspiring attendees to achieve their full potential. Part of the Chamber’s mission to “champion an environment where your business thrives” includes bringing forward the right resources to assist in business growth and success. Successful businesses turn “obstacles into opportunities” and “welcome challenges.” Let’s keep learning together and expand our growth mindset.