The Right Mindset for Success (and following your passion, and inspiring your people)

This week we want to share with you a fascinating interview HBR conducted with Carol Dweck, professor at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success in early 2012.

Here’s the link to the 15 min podcast as well as the transcript:


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Her research has shown that contrary to popular opinion:

Success is not about making sure you get it right.

So, what is it about?

As a leader, praising talent or ability in your people backfires.

So, what should you praise to motivate and bring out the best in your team (and your kids)?

Carol Dweck’s is a world-renowned academic on the cutting edge of her field. Her research and thinking are very aligned with our work. Take the time to listen and learn a different mindset.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

  1. Karen says:

    I wish more CEO’s had the mindset of I don’t now, lets talk about, it would do wonders.

    1. Lara says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more Karen. The cost of always proving we know it all greatly outweigh the benefits our ego thinks it gets…

  2. Clara says:

    Excellent piece, really enjoyed it and learned from it.

    1. Lara says:

      Thank you Clara for taking the time to share your appreciation.

  3. Gabe Strom says:

    I think the fixed mindset is me, unortunately, but this podcast actually gives me a place to create change. So, thanks, really, brilliant stuff.

    1. Lara says:

      Deciding to make a change, seeing the possibility of change, is in of itself an act of growth mindset! Congrats!

  4. Rabea Ataya says:

    This actually reminds of my college football coach who’s mantra was “The Process”

  5. foxguy says:

    If only more companies didn’t expect new hires to have all the answers, my kids are at the age of first post-university job and the stress they put themselves under due to expectations is shocking.

  6. Bella says:

    so, no praising the kids, got it.

  7. Eileen Schwartz says:

    Fear of making mistakes doesn’t necessarily equate with fear of leaving your comfort zone, you can be afraid and still push forward.

    1. Lara says:

      Indeed not necessarily. It’s just much more likely. Would love to hear how you push forward despite the fear. We can all learn from that.

  8. Blair says:

    I’ll have to incorporate this into my business life, see what value it produces.

    1. Lara says:

      Keep us posted!

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