Angela Lee Duckworth’s talk on Grit is an amazing assessment of what it takes to be successful. It’s not IQ. It’s grit. From her bio on TED.com:
After five years of teaching seventh graders, she went back to grad school to complete her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now an assistant professor in the psychology department. Her research subjects include students, West Point cadets, and corporate salespeople, all of whom she studies to determine how “grit” is a better indicator of success than factors such as IQ or family income.
Duckworth is calling for developing more grit in the classroom, but how can you hire for it, cultivate it, and make your organization more ‘gritty’?
The secret may be in embracing failure and looking past it. Pushing a team toward an ambitious goal and letting them fail may be better than letting success happen according to a team’s abilities. Of course, in business, harsh goals are often imposed on a company and failing is less of a choice as an imposed reality. Either way, managing ‘grit’ may let your team persist through challenges and achieve larger success in the end.
View the video here: http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit.html