To Boost Employee Performance, Praise Effort–Not Achievement


Believe it or not, sometimes, “Wow, you’re brilliant!” is the wrong thing to say. 





Praise motivates. Praise encourages. Praise inspires.


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 that smart” or “Math is not my thing.”

Growth mindset: The belief that intelligence, ability, and skill can be developed through effort–we are what we work to become. People with a growth mindset typically say things like “With a little more time, I’ll get it” or “That’s OK. I’ll give it another try.”


Read Jeff’s full article to find out how you can change your approach in motivating talent and helping them achieve and succeed. Full article here.





Wendy Mejia oversees media relations for Zapoint, Inc.

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