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Carol Dweck on Mindsets, Learning and Intelligence

Just came across an excel­lent Inter­view with Car­ol Dweck. Thank you Coert!

Car­ol Dweck is a pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­o­gy at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. Last year she pub­lished a great book called Mind­set: The New Psy­chol­o­gy of Suc­cess, where she elab­o­rates on her (and ours) key mes­sage: the way you view your own intel­li­gence large­ly deter­mines how it will devel­op. And no mat­ter how you define “intel­li­gence”. In this inter­view Coert asks Car­ol Dweck about the book and about what the prac­ti­cal impli­ca­tions of her work are for man­agers. See a cou­ple of quotes below:

- “In my book I iden­ti­fy two mind­sets that play impor­tant roles in people’s suc­cess. In one, the fixed mind­set, peo­ple believe that their tal­ents and abil­i­ties are fixed traits. They have a cer­tain amount and that’s that; noth­ing can be done to change it. Many years of research have now shown that when peo­ple adopt the fixed mind­set, it can lim­it their suc­cess. They become over-con­cerned with prov­ing their tal­ents and abil­i­ties, hid­ing defi­cien­cies, and react­ing defen­sive­ly to mis­takes or set­backs-because defi­cien­cies and mis­takes imply a (per­ma­nent) lack of tal­ent or abil­i­ty. Peo­ple in this mind­set will actu­al­ly pass up impor­tant oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn and grow if there is a risk of unmask­ing weak­ness­es. This is not a recipe for suc­cess in busi­ness, as ulti­mate­ly shown by the folks at Enron, who rarely admit­ted any mis­takes. What is the alter­na­tive?”
— “In the oth­er mind­set, the growth mind­set, peo­ple believe that their tal­ents and abil­i­ties can be devel­oped through pas­sion, edu­ca­tion, and per­sis­tence. For them, it’s not about look­ing smart or groom­ing their image. It’s about a com­mit­ment to learning–taking informed risks and learn­ing from the results, sur­round­ing your­self with peo­ple who will chal­lenge you to grow, look­ing frankly at your defi­cien­cies and seek­ing to rem­e­dy them. Most great busi­ness lead­ers have had this mind­set, because build­ing and main­tain­ing excel­lent orga­ni­za­tions in the face of con­stant change requires it.”

Enjoy the whole Inter­view with Car­ol Dweck

And this relat­ed blog post, where we posit­ed that “In short: there is much that each of us can do to improve our brain fit­ness, no mat­ter our age, occu­pa­tion or start­ing point. There are some fun­da­men­tal capac­i­ties that we can train. And we have to care for good phys­i­cal exer­cise and stress man­age­ment on top of men­tal exer­cise.”

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