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Mindsets: New Perspectives on HR Challenges

    11/18/2008

    BAHREC April Dinner Meeting
    Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

    Mindsets: New Perspectives on HR Challenges
    Carol S. Dweck, PhD, Stanford University

    You are the head of HR for an up-and-coming company. You’ve developed a product that the marketplace adores, and people are beating down the doors to come work for your company. Conventional wisdom dictates that you go out and recruit the best and the brightest, right? Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck challenges common assumptions about top performers. Individuals who are labeled as “talented” often have a fixed mindset that can undermine motivation and learning. More and more research is showing that what eventually separates the most successful people from their equally talented but less successful counterparts is a commitment to continuous learning and to personal and organizational effectiveness, reflective of a growth mindset. This is true in sports, science, and the arts—and it is becoming clear that it is true in business, too. Studies are showing that people with the growth mindset make better negotiators and that groups who share a growth mindset do better on complex management tasks. What are the implications of this research for talent management and leadership development? Come prepared for a paradigm shift!

    Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has delineated the role of mindsets in motivation and has illuminated how praise for intelligence or talent can undermine motivation and learning. Dr. Dweck has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and 20/20. Her recent book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed.