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Achieving Mastery and Success Through Growth Mindset

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Perseverance, Growth Mindset, Deliberate Practice
Programme Code: CRS-N-0044320
Funding Validity Period: 8 Nov 2017 - 30 Sep 2020


Decades of research has led Psychology Professor at Stanford University, Carol S. Dweck, to identify people with two types of mindsets – fixed mindset and growth mindset.  People with fixed mindset believe that talent and intelligence are predetermined by nature and in finite supply, while people with growth mindset believe that everyone has the capacity to grow, develop and improve their intelligence and ability over time through deliberate practice. 
This is validated by advances in neuroscience on brain plasticity, which indicate that brains do change physically, functionally, and chemically throughout our lives and the changes are manifested through our abilities. Our brains are malleable and can be strengthened for further growth and development at all ages through mental exercises, much like how physical exercises can build muscles. The converse is true. Neural pathways that are underused will weaken or be replaced over time.
Professor Dweck’s studies revealed a significant correlation between how people thought of their own talent and its impact on their motivation, effort and approach to problems and issues. Growth mindset is not about feeling positive / good about oneself or motivating others through positive psychology.  It is about believing that everyone can improve and achieve mastery through perseverance and deliberate practice. It is not just about effort (that success will come to all who work hard), but growth.  It is about the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn in a myriad of situations and the determination to continue pushing the boundaries to improve. When individuals and companies are focused on growth, potential can be unleashed and mastery / success within grasp. 



Programme Objective

This programme is intended to help individuals and companies learn, unlearn and relearn to achieve mastery and growth.

Programme Highlights

A compelling experience for leaders to enable teams in organisations to accelerate growth and change.  Combining knowledge, process, skillset and mindset, participants discuss, explore and apply tools and techniques to real business challenges during the inter-sessions.


Who should Attend

This intermediate programme is ideal for all professionals who are familiar with change and management concepts and are keen to further pursue a growth mindset to acquire mastery and success in their chosen profession or area of interest.


    SkillsFuture Skills Framework

    This programme is approved under the SkillsFuture Generic Skills and Competencies (GSC):

    • Developing People (Intermediate)
    • Lifelong Learning (Intermediate)
    • Teamwork (Intermediate)


    Programme Requirements

    Participants have to meet a minimum attendance rate of 75% and are required to submit a group project. Only upon meeting the minimum attendance rate and passing of the project, will participants be issued a Certificate of Completion.

    Participants who failed the group project will be given a chance for re-submission at a fee of SGD481.50 (incl. 7% GST), within 2 weeks after the notification of result. 

    Participants who meet the minimum attendance rate but do not achieve a pass for the project will be issued a Certificate of Participation.


    Certified Professional Business Manager (CPBM)

    The Achieving Mastery and Success Through Growth Mindset programme is part of the Professionals Management Toolkit (PMT) Series. Participants who successfully complete 6 programmes offered by SMUA-HCML within 5 years will receive the Certified Professional Business Manager (CPBM). For example:

    Please click here for CPBM details and list of programmes.

      Programme Schedule

      Intake 1 Class Dates  (Confirmed to Commence)
      Part I:  16 to 17 July 2018
      Part II: 24 to 25 September 2018 

      Intake 2 Class Dates  (Confirmed to Commence)
      Part I:  01 to 02 April 2019
      Part II: 03 to 04 June 2019

      Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm daily



      Full Fee:
      SGD5,189.50 (incl. 7% GST) per person


      For Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents
      Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding:
      SGD1,556.85 (incl. 7% GST) per person


      For Singapore Citizens aged 40 years & above
      Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy:
      SGD586.85 (incl. 7% GST) per person


      For Singapore Citizens aged 35 years & above (13 years & above for Persons with Disabilities) and earning a monthly income of not more than SGD2,000 
      Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 25% Workfare Training Support Scheme:
      SGD344.35 (incl. 7% GST) per person


      For SMEs* sponsoring their employees who are Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents
      Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% Enhanced Training Support for SMEs
      SGD586.85 (incl. 7% GST) per person


      Fees include tuition, course materials, instructor's fee, 2 tea break refreshments per day (excl. lunch) during the programme and 1 assessment (project) per person for the programme.

      Participants who failed the group project will be given a chance for re-submission at a fee of SGD481.50 (incl. 7% GST) within 2 weeks after the notification of result.



      SkillsFuture Credit:
      Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to SGD500) to defray part of the course fee. With effect from 19 May 2017, SkillsFuture Credit claim will only be paid directly to the training provider from SkillsFuture Singapore.  Claim should be submitted via the Training Exchange (click here) and SMU Academy has to be informed on the Claim ID no. and claim amount in order for the correct payable course fee amount to be reflected on the invoice.  Please click here for the User Guide on how to claim for SkillsFuture Credit. 

      IMPORTANT  For the Achieving Mastery and Success Through Growth Mindset programme, please search for course code CRS-N-0044320 for your SkillsFuture Credit claim submission. 


      Absentee Payroll:
      Companies who sponsor their employees for the programme are eligible to apply for absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.  For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.


      *Enhanced Training Support for SMEs:
      SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:

      1. Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
      2. At least 30% local shareholding by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
      3. Employment size of not more than 200 (at group level) or with annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than SGD100 million
      4. Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
      5. Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents


      Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

      All NTUC union members and self-funding are eligible for UTAP funding (up to SGD250 per annum).  Please click here for more information on UTAP and application.



      Singapore Management University



      Refreshments will be provided for the 2 tea breaks each day during the programme. Lunch is not provided. Refreshments provided are “no pork no lard”. If you have special dietary requirements, please inform us accordingly.

      Programme Policies

      Please click here for the programme policies on registration / substitution / deferment / withdrawal / refund.



      Founder and Managing Director, TAO Consulting

      Kwong Yee has a strong global understanding and experience of business practices and cultures, skilled at establishing credibility with senior executives and in discussing complex, client business issues, particularly around talent management and driving business performance.

      He has led very capable and experienced specialists in helping clients, both external and internal, with issues of executive education, talent management, leadership development and workforce optimisation.

      Prior to founding TAO Consulting, Kwong Yee worked at Mercer, firstly as the Managing Director and Region Market Development Leader for East China, based in Shanghai and then led Mercer’s Talent & Diversity COE for Growth Markets region covering Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

      Kwong Yee was the Business Development Director for DDI Mainland China and Hong Kong, working directly with key DDI clients and consulting with clients to identify needs and propose solutions, specifically in the areas of talent and succession management, development, and selection. Kwong Yee also worked as VP of Sales, Greater China in SHL, based in Hong Kong.

      He graduated with Executive Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University, London Business School, Hong Kong University Business School and Bachelors of Arts (Philosophy) from The National University of Singapore.  He is currently enrolled in Human and Organisational Development PhD programme at Fielding University.







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      Part I: Individual Mindset for Change (1 - 2 April 2019) is my mindset?
      1. What is my mindset?
        Fixed mindset, growth mindset and false growth mindset
        Perseverance and Deliberate Practice
      2. Acquiring / Sustaining growth mindset
        Understanding Perseverance
        Deliberate vs. Naïve practice
      3. Application towards real business challenge
        Reframing existing business challenge using a Growth Mindset
      Intervening Segment: Group Action Learning Project Online Coaching (before 3 June 2019)hat is my mindset?
      1. Experiencing perseverance and deliberate practice when faced with obstacles in project work
      2. Receive and experience coaching on continued application of Growth Mindset theories and tools on selected business challenge (by project group)
      3. Extending understanding of Growth Mindset at work in a team setting
      Part II: Leading and Sustaining Growth Mindset in Organisations (3 - 4 June 2019)
      1. Fostering a culture of growth mindset
        Empowering teams via a Growth Mindset
        Coaching for Change
      2. Sustaining growth mindset to achieved continued Organisational Mastery
        Role modelling growth mindset to lead change
        Making growth mindset and change stick


      What Participants Say


      "Kwong Yee is a very skilled facilitator with rich knowledge + passion on the topic and created a safe environment for learning.  It was a great learning and I enjoyed a lot.  Thank you very much!"

      Ayako Sugaya
      Managing Partner
      Takumi Associates LLP


      "The Growth mindset course delivered by Kwong Yee and SMU has helped me in many ways - at the workplace, with family as well as in business.  Firstly, it empowered our human brains as of understanding there’s no limit to the human brains in what we try to achieve or accomplish as long as we have “GRIT” (Guts, Resilience, Initiative, Tenacity) developed within ourselves. Secondly, it focused on within individual’s mindset and how we can apply on others. I have become more self-aware of my thinking and approach, and the way I respond and react to others.  It has given me a better understanding of how human brains work and how we could overcome conflicts between what we think and what we do in many circumstances. It has also significantly improved my effective communication, being a better listener as well as able to ask good questions.  I also understand the need to focus more on “deep diving” into matters.  I think I am fortunate to have learnt this at my current age. The growth mindset will certainly help me in many ways in my life journeys in many decades to come."

      Goh Wei Ming
      Senior Sales Manager
      Fuji Oil Asia 


      "Action Learning Project is applicable to real life as a test case."

      Sunny Ang
      Senior Assistant Director
      Nanyang Technological University


      "Great course for driving endless possibilities."

      Calvin Tan


      "Coaching provided practical tips and Action Learning Project forced us to apply what we have learnt to practice and because it was group work, you learned from each others."

      Tina Tan
      Manager (Office Transformation)
      PCS Security



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      Last updated on 04 Dec 2018 .