Monday, April 02, 2007

"The Effort Effect"

Guy Kawasaki posted this item a couple of weeks ago, but I only recently came across it. The article he links to is as good as he says it is. I've also ordered the book. This kind of research strikes a chord with me. It's something we all need to consider, especially those who are managing people in our workplaces.

Here's the link to his original post: "The Effort Effect"Mindset.jpg

And here's a snippet from his post:

If you manage any people or if you are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read The Effort Effect. This is an article about Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck. It examines her thirty-year study of why some some people excel and others don’t. (Hint: the answer is not ‘God-given talent.’)

The article postulates that people have two kinds of mindsets: growth or fixed. People with the growth mindset view life as a series of challenges and opportunities for improving. People with a fixed mindset believe that they are ‘set’ as either good or bad. The issue is that the good ones believe they don’t have to work hard, and the bad ones believe that working hard won’t change anything.

She recently released a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. I have not yet read it, but I ordered it as soon as I read this article. I can’t imagine not liking it.

(Via How to Change the World.)

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