Tag: Carol Dweck

[Early Spring 2015] The Envelope, Please

It’s a time of year when even the most distant observer notes that winners are separated from something referred to as losers. Who you are can be confused with what you’ve won (lately). College bowl games, Super Bowl, Golden Globe, Writers Guild of America, Grammys, Oscars – all proclaiming who is/was hot, and maybe by inference, who […]

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[Life Back West] Early Summer 2014 – “Save Water: Drink Margaritas”


Clever won’t guarantee success though it might get you noticed. C. S. Lewis once noted “No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet” and that’s a pretty smart way to size clever by itself. So I chuckled as I saw the slogan on the back of the wait crew shirts at the recently re-opened La Rondalla restaurant […]

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The Talent Test: The Problem with “High Potentials”

Cover of "The Talent Code: Greatness Isn'...

The headline in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month blared “Employees with ‘High Potential’ Need to Know.” There’s just one problem. If you want to screw up talent, tell them they’ve got high potential – shorthand for they’ve been tapped and they’re great. Why? Research (Carol Dweck) shows that labeling folks doesn’t work to […]

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Why You (Too) Need a Plan B

Reid Hoffman

It would be great if everything we tried in our careers worked out the way we planned. Sometimes it happens. And sometimes it doesn’t. In both cases, you – and me too – need a Plan B. I know; I’m at one of those inflexion points in my practice where either things change over the […]

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Why Do Great People Think They’re Great?

man in the mirror

Excellence is in fashion. And excellence is what everyone wants to hire. Consider two examples: Mark Zuckerberg, talking about the price paid for FriendFeed which averaged to $4M per employee, said in the New York Times “Someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good,” […]

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Executive Leadership: Do Mormons Have the Secret Sauce?

The Book of Mormon. Another Testament of Jesus...

Unless you’ve been under a rock recently, you know that the topic of Mormonism is hot, and the subject of Mormonism and leadership may be even hotter. What’s up? There are things that have put the religion in public view such as the Tony award winning hit musical The Book of Mormon and the series finale […]

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(Mere) Talent Takes a Beating

Malcolm Gladwell speaks at PopTech! 2008 confe...

Malcolm Gladwell had Sandy Nininger. I have March Madness. The results are the same. Mere talent is taking a beating. Gladwell’s writings – built in part on the work of people like Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth – have shown that raw talent – smarts as we like to say in the business world – […]

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[Updated] Tigers vs. Beavers: The Power of Heart

Cover of "Peggy Sue Got Married"

[Please See Update Below] There are things that come along in life that will come around again; for other chances, it’s one and done. The problem? You may not know the difference between what repeats and what doesn’t until it’s gone. We all know the experience. The opportunity surfaces – the start-up that has a chance […]

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