Carol Dweck has a new website that promotes her book, Mindset. The site offers the opportunity to take a simple mindset assessment, suggestions for change, and tips for teachers, coaches, parents, and business leaders to use the material. She also has some commentary on various topics based on the mindset construct. I particularly liked the one on "The Mindset of Athletes" that includes this:
"[T]he mark of a champion is the ability to win when things are not quite right—when you’re not playing well and your emotions are not the right ones."
Yep! Saw this often enough when my older son was playing baseball, especially in pitchers. Some had the ability to win on the days when they "didn't have their best stuff." Others didn't, and often didn't seem to ever have their "best stuff" for the big games. Dr. Dweck's research suggests that praising talented players for having "it" -- "stuff", "talent", "game", etc. -- encourages a fixed mindset that makes them likely to respond poorly to failure. Like Martin Seligman, Dr. Dweck is not a big fan of "self esteem" of the "keep telling them they are great" model. Dr. Dweck's work was inspired by Dr. Seligman's construct of explanatory style and is a particular application of that construct that seems easy for folks to understand and use. Her books are readable and useful. Recommeded!