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Believe it or not, sometimes, “Wow, you’re brilliant!” is the wrong thing to say.          Praise motivates. Praise encourages. Praise inspires. Sometimes. According to Inc. Magazine Contributor Jeff Hadden, depending on the approach you take, praising an employee can actually have the opposite effect. The difference lies in whether we assume skill is based on innate ability or on hard work and effort. Put another way, are people born with certain talents, or can talent be developed? Jeff seems to believe they can be developed. In his article, Jeff looks into two types of mental approaches to talent that according to research on achievement and success by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, people tend to embrace: Fixed mindset or growth mindset. Fixed mindset: The belief that intelligence, ability, and skill are inborn and relatively fixed–we “have” what we were born with. People with a fixed mindset typically say things like “I’m just not…

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