February 28, 2007

Interview with Carol Dweck

The Growth Mindset
© 2006, Coert Visser

Carol Dweck is a professor of Psychology at Stanford University. She is a leading expert in the field of human motivation and intelligence and through the years she has developed an extensive body of theory and research. This year, she has published a remarkable book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. The book is a true gem, not only because of the clarity of the writing and structure but also, and foremost, because of its important and useful message. This message is that the way you view your own intelligence largely determines how it will develop. In this interview I ask Carol Dweck about the book and about what the practical implications of her work are for managers.

I’d like to start off with a question about the intriguing title of your new book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’. Can you explain what the importance of mindset is for success?

The Power of Positive Priming

Elizabeth Peterson writes an interesting brief article on priming. A few quotes:

"Psychologists use the term priming to refer to the activating of certain parts of the brain just before carrying out a task. Though it often occurs unconsciously, priming gets us ready to notice certain things and to feel and act in certain ways.
"Psychologist John Bargh and his colleagues showed that people who were unknowingly primed with words related to rudeness were much more likely to interrupt an experimenter’s private conversation than subjects who were primed with ‘polite’ words."

"If a few words can be this powerful, imagine how much a person’s perception of their whole environment might matter."
"The key is finding something right for you, because without your even knowing it, your environment will have a profound effect on you throughout your day."
Read this great little article here: Positive priming.

February 27, 2007

Moving FORWARD with solution-focused change

This new article was published today on managementsite.com:

Solution-focusedMoving FORWARD with solution-focused change
A results-oriented and appreciative way of making progress
Coert Visser, Gwenda Schlundt Bodien

The solution-focused approach has helped coaches, trainers, consultants and managers to be more effective in realizing their goals. Moreover, it has often made their work more enjoyable. This article presents a simple, new, and - hopefully - sticky model to describe the solution-focused approach: the FORWARD-model. Read the article
Also read: Kick-off

February 26, 2007

David Maister on The Art of Blogging

How does one blog interestingly and successfully? Last year, I had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing the well-known management author David Maister about this subject. At the time of the interview David had only been blogging for several months. Now, he's doing it for slightly more than a year and .... many will agree: his blog is terrific. Great content, great responses. Admirable. If you want to know how he's doing it read the interview here. Also, do have a look at his blog. And there's lots more to explore than the blog alone.

One small step forward

Solution-focused Perhaps you're unfamiliar with the solution-focused approach. So, maybe it´s helpful if I'll use some of these first posts to mention and examine some of its basic assumptions and techniques. An important thing about the approach is that it focuses on taking one small step forward instead of taking big jumps, even when problems are great. This brief article explains why. This small step approach can often lead to surprising results. So, it seems wise to use the small step approach as a default. However, maybe there are cases, circumstances in which a big step/planned change approach would work better. I am not sure WHEN this would be the case, though. So, my question to go along with this topic is: when IS a big step approach the best way forward?

February 25, 2007

Scales: practical change tools

For those new to the solution-focused approach it's probably interesting to start trying out the tool of scales. Scales are very practical and easy to use. This article explains how.

Also read: Kick-off

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