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Culture of Genius survey template

Do your employees have a predetermined amount of talent, or is there room to grow? That’s the question that caused Christina Romero and Carol Dweck, researchers at Stanford, to divide corporate cultures into two different camps, “Growth Mindsets” and “Cultures of Genius.”

In a Culture of Genius, the emphasis is on employees’ innate ability rather than their ability to evolve. Employees don’t feel empowered, and there’s less opportunity to develop on the job.

Cultures of Genius are especially problematic for people from underrepresented groups (like women, racial minorities, or LGBTQ groups), who are conscious of being perceived as less capable, regardless of whether it’s true.

Some indicators of a Culture of Genius:

  • Your job descriptions and hiring conversations use phrases like “rockstar” or “brain for engineering” or “natural talent”
  • You don’t have set mentorship or professional development programs in place, or don’t have had frequent requests for more
  • You have high employee turnover

At a company with a Growth Mindset, employees are empowered to continue to evolve professionally. There are clear channels for asking questions and voicing concerns, and open discussion is encouraged.

Growth Mindset both empowers employees to thrive and incentivizes them to stay with their company longer.

This survey template gives you insight into the type of culture that your employees perceive at your company—regardless of whether you believe to be true. Your findings might tell you new areas to focus or validate elements of your culture that already exist.

Use this survey if you:

  • Are trying to increase employee engagement and reduce attrition
  • Are considering investing in professional development trainings or mentorship programs
  • Want to find aspects of your culture to improve
  • Want to identify aspects of your culture to highlight to new hires
  • Are looking for ways to better support diversity and inclusion

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