Grit, Initiative, Creative Problem Solving

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The Resilience Habit I Taught Thousands Of Army Drill Sergeants

  From FastCompany, Paula Davis-Laack discusses how she taught resilience to Army drill sargeants.  She based her training on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman who identified three pillars of resilience: personalization, permanence and pervasiveness.  Paula writes: Your resilience grows when you focus on developing specific skills in the following three categories: thinking differently, connecting [...]

By |2017-06-25T16:08:53-04:00January 18th, 2017|Grit|Comments Off on The Resilience Habit I Taught Thousands Of Army Drill Sergeants

Theranos and the Dark Side of Storytelling

From Harvard Business Review, Jonathan Gottschall discusses the power of storytelling and what happens when a story is used to manipulate.  Jonathan writes: Humanity’s strange, ardent love affair with story has always fascinated me. To explore our enthrallment and explain the science behind it, I wrote a book – The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. The book [...]

By |2018-07-08T10:46:14-04:00January 11th, 2017|Storytelling|Comments Off on Theranos and the Dark Side of Storytelling

TED Talk Masters Teach You How To Tell A Story That Actually Means Something

From Fast Company, Chris Anderson discusses the importance of having one overall message - a "through-line"-- for a presentation. Chris writes: WHAT'S YOUR "THROUGH-LINE"? The number-one reason for this tragedy is that the speaker never had a proper plan for the talk as a whole. The talk may have been planned bullet point by bullet point, [...]

By |2016-12-05T14:06:27-04:00December 7th, 2016|Storytelling|Comments Off on TED Talk Masters Teach You How To Tell A Story That Actually Means Something

The Science Of Gratitude And Why It’s Important In Your Workplace 

  From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza discusses the importance of expressing gratitude in the workplace.  Not only does gratitude have benefits in the workplace but being grateful also improves your own happiness (see New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy).  You should express gratitude for your own sake and because it strengthens teams [...]

By |2016-12-05T21:57:07-04:00November 25th, 2016|Influence|Comments Off on The Science Of Gratitude And Why It’s Important In Your Workplace 

Talent counts, but grit counts twice: best-selling author gives diversity lecture

  From the Review, Elie Halfacre shares her observations from a lecture by Angela Duckworth.  Ellie writes: Over the course of her career, she has advised the White House and Fortune 500 companies on what makes a person “gritty.” Gritty people strive for completion in their endeavors, and they show resilience in the face of adversity. Effort [...]

By |2016-11-07T21:25:20-04:00November 9th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on Talent counts, but grit counts twice: best-selling author gives diversity lecture

Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career

  From Harvard Business Review, William Treseder offers a five step program for turning harsh feedback into a positive result.  William writes: Step 1: Embrace emotions. It’s only natural to get upset when someone gives you negative feedback. I’ll be the first person to tell you that. So let yourself be upset. Don’t try to stifle that [...]

By |2016-10-14T06:16:04-04:00October 19th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career

How to be a Highly Successful Online College Student

Having initiative and grit are key factors in being successful in any area but particularly in being a successful online college student.  Trisha Baxter, an elementary school math teacher with an open eye for what is happening in the higher education system and especially for the amazing trends in online education, has developed the following infographic with [...]

By |2016-09-25T10:24:32-04:00September 25th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on How to be a Highly Successful Online College Student

How to Become More Resilient

From Hubspot, Lindsay Kolowich shares a terrific infographic from Happify on how to become more resilient.  More resilient people interpret events as temporary, they do not generalize about a setback, and they do not treat setbacks as being personal.  One can become more resilient if you describe setbacks in this manner.  These and more tips in this [...]

By |2019-02-21T09:23:43-04:00August 17th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on How to Become More Resilient

4 things the grittiest people have in common, according to a psychologist

  From CNBC, Marguerite Ward shares 4 things that are common among gritty people based on the work of Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Marguerite writes: Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvaniaand a MacArthur "Genius" fellow, spent years analyzing what it takes to be successful. In her recent [...]

By |2016-08-28T12:13:17-04:00August 10th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on 4 things the grittiest people have in common, according to a psychologist

5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work

    From Harvard Business Review, Rich Fernandez offers five recommendations to help build resilience in a work environment.  Rich writes: More than five decades of research point to the fact that resilience is built by attitudes, behaviors and social supports that can be adopted and cultivated by anyone. Factors that lead to resilience include optimism; the [...]

By |2016-07-12T06:34:13-04:00July 6th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work

New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that anyone who tries can succeed 

  From The Guardian, Susanna Rustin discusses the concept of a growth mindset and how some may take it too far.  While Susanna acknowledges that those with whom she spoke agreed with the evidence that a growth mindset can help learning, she identifies areas in which some may have taken the idea too far.  She [...]

By |2016-05-31T05:31:15-04:00May 25th, 2016|Grit|Comments Off on New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that anyone who tries can succeed