Kathryn D. Cramer, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, and coach who helps people reframe their experiences and thoughts into a more growth-minded view. She calls it Asset-Based Thinking (ABT). We asked Kathy to share her ideas with the Growth Mindset Community. Her views and advice on feedback and mistakes add another layer to what we are learning about mindsets.
Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) means to look at yourself and the world through the eyes of what is working, what strengths are present, and what the potentials are. Conversely, deficit-based thinking means to look at yourself and the world in terms of what is not working, what is lacking, and the gaps between where you are and where you want to be.
With ABT you are more ready and able to Magnify What's Best in other people. When you can see and say what is best – strong, useful or valuable – in someone else, the person feels worthwhile in your eyes and the trust between you grows.