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Sep 25, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by Angela Duckworth, who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, which proposes the concept of ‘grit’ as using passion and personal conscientiousness to achieve long-term goals. Angela has also been a winner of the MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

What Was Covered

  • How passion and perseverance is at the heart of grit and its contribution to high performance
  • The naturalness bias and our preference towards those we perceive as naturally talented compared to those who strive to achieve success
  • The mundanity of excellence and how champions learn to love the discipline of working on their craft
  • How successful people use hopeful mindset to solve challenges, setbacks, and failures.

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • Focus: why the most successful gritty high performers spend up to 70% of their time developing their passion alone.
  • Assets of passion: the four developmental stages we experience in realizing our passions in life.
  • Top level goals: how to set your most important priorities aside from lesser interests as a path to achieving your top-level goal.

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Sep 11, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by author and professor, Ed Hess. Ed has published several notable books on learning and innovation including Learn or Die and his most recent work, Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age. Ed is currently a professor, Batten Executive-in-Residence and Batten Faculty Fellow at the Darden Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia.

  • The company of the future in the smart machine age is one where innovation is the strategic differentiator - as operational excellence is going to be primarily technology enabled
  • How human learning underpins both operational excellence and innovation
  • Why mitigating and overcoming fear and ego is the key to becoming a better learner.

Key Takeaways and Learnings

  • ‘Unbossing’ and how to create an idea meritocracy by devaluing the hierarchy of empowerment.
  • How the future of technology will humanize business, help people to overcome their own personal limitations and develop as highly creative, intuitive, and innovative human beings.
  • How changing our mental models can help us develop listening and engagement skills to connect with others to drive innovation.

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