Perseverance, Growth Mindset, Deliberate Practice

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 Code


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.


Part I: Individual Mindset for Change (16 – 17 Jul 2018)

  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 Project (before 24 Sep 2018)

  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 (24 – 25 Sep 2018)

  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

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.

Type of Course



Personal Development

Instructional Methods and Learning Activities

This is a highly interactive programme where class sharing, discussion and exercises will be employed.


Formal Assessment
Prticipants are required to submit a group project.

Fees and Funding

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 (details):
SGD586.85 (incl. 7% GST) per person


For Singapore Citizens aged 35 years & above (13 years & above for Persons with Disabilities),
earning a monthly income of not more than SGD2,000 and self-funded 

Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 25% Workfare Training Support Scheme (details):
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 (details): 
SGD586.85 (incl. 7% GST) per person



SkillsFuture Credit
Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to S$500) 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 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.



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 S$100 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 are eligible for UTAP funding (up to S$250 per annum). Please click here for more information on UTAP and application.


Participants should ideally be business professionals.

Programme Policies

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

Course Dates

Class Dates: 16 – 17 Jul, 24 – 25 Sep 2018 [Open for registration now]


Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm daily


Leong Kwong Yee







Leong Kwong Yee  
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.