Excerpt from the NeuroLeadership Institute's "The Beliefs Organizations Should Hold"

Check out this extremely thought-provoking transcribed excerpt from the NeuroLeadership Institute's program "The Beliefs Organizations Should Hold" with Carol Dweck and Janet Van Huysse.  Are we putting our attention, focus and emphasis on all the wrong things?  Are we raising a generation of non-learners?  What do you think?

I want to start with my favorite quote by Benjamin Barber, an eminent political scientist. He says: “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures. I divide the world into the learners and non-learners”. 

Why would anyone become a non-learner?  You never see an unmotivated baby.  No, this is what you see:   babies being infinitely curious and addressing the most difficult tasks of a lifetime with tremendous gusto.  And yet, many of the things we do to motivate people in organizations, in schools, at home, are making them into non-learners.  When we put so much emphasis on who’s gifted, who’s not. When we are obsessed with hiring the talent and judging who is a genius and who is not a genius, we create a generation of people who feel they have to be infallible.   Many employers are telling me we’ve already created a generation of young workers who can’t get through the day without an award.  So, how do we deal with that?


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