Achieving Mastery and Success Through Growth Mindset

Programme Code: CRS-N-0044320 (Funding Validity Period: 08 Nov 2017 - 30 Sep 2020)


A programme ideal for professionals who are keen to enhance the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn in a myriad of situations to acquire mastery and success in their profession or interest area
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. 
Next Course Starts On23 Sep 2019 (Mon) See Full Schedule
Fee SGD5189.50* (as low as SGD344.35* after maximum funding) Learn more

5 Days



Singapore Management University

Learning Objectives

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.

Part I: Individual Mindset for Change (1 - 2 April 2019) 

  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) 

  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

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.


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.

Fees and Funding

FULL FEE S$5,189.50* per person

For Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents

Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG FundingS$1,556.85* per person


Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced SubsidyS$586.85* per person
For Singapore Citizens aged 35 years & above (13 years & above for Persons with Disabilities) earning a monthly income of not more than SGD2,000Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 25% Workfare Training Support SchemeS$344.35* per person
For SMEs* sponsoring their employees who are Singapore Citizens / Permanent ResidentsFee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (Please refer to below for ETSS criteria)S$586.85* per person

*(incl. 7% GST)

Fees include:

  • tuition
  • course materials
  • instructor's fee
  • 2 tea break refreshments per day (excl. lunch) during the programme
  • 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 SkillsFuture Credit Booklet / 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:

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


Start Date(s)
Intake Information

Intake 1 Class Dates

Part I

16 – 17 Jul 2018 (9.00am – 5.00pm daily)

24 – 25 Sep 2018 (9.00am – 5.00pm daily)
Confirmed to Commence


Intake 2 Class Dates

Part I

01 – 02 Apr 2019 (9.00am – 5.00pm daily)

03 – 04 Jun 2019 (9.00am – 5.00pm daily)
5 Seats Left


Intake 3 Class Dates

Part I

23 – 24 Sep 2019 (9.00am – 5.00pm daily)

18 – 19 Nov 2019 (9.00am – 5.00pm daily)
Open for Registration

Speaker/Trainer Bio

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.


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

Additional Details

SkillsFuture Skills Framework

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

  • Lifelong Learning (Intermediate)


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. 


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