October 31, 2012

Survey People and Change

The purpose of this survey is to explore what people think about how successful change is accomplished. The survey contains three main sections:

1) How do you think people can accomplish successful change?
2) How do you approach change?
3) How do you view yourself and your circumstances?

Will you please participate so that you can help us? We ask you to answer the questions below. This will probably take you about 15 minutes. Your answers will be processed anonymously and confidentially. The results of this study will be published publicly.

Go to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H5286DC

October 25, 2012

A growth mindset is associated with effort and thriving

Some time ago I administered a small scale survey exploring the relations between one's mindset and several other variables. 70 People filled in that survey. Today, I did some analyses on the data.

Structure of the survey

Independent variables
The survey had two sets of independent variables. The first set consisted of variables measuring the respondent's mindset. Respondents had to say, on a five point scale, to what extent they agreed with 16 statements about how people become successful at work. Half of the items represented typical growth mindset beliefs; the other half represented typical fixed mindset beliefs (see figure below). Based on these variables I computed one GROWTH MINDSET score for each respondent.

October 4, 2012

15 Inspiring quotes from 'How life imitates chess' by Garry Kasparov

In 2007, Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players ever, wrote the book How life imitates chess. In that book he looked back on his great career and he made comparisons between life and chess. The book contains some inspiring thoughts. Here are some quotes:
  1. You must know what questions to ask and ask them frequently
  2. Personal style is not generic software that you can download. You must instead recognize what works best for you and then, through trial and error, develop your own method- your own map.

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