Perseverance and Progress: Why Grit Matters at Work

Derek Irvine, Culture Management

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Yes, we need smart people at work, but we need “gritty” people more.

When you hear words like “grit,” “determination” and “self-control,” what emotion does that conjure up in you? I’d be willing to guess that emotion wouldn’t be “positivity.”

And yet, the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania is where MacArthur Foundation “genius” award winner Angela Lee Duckworth leads the research into how just those attributes of “grit” translate into greater success than talent or IQ.

What Is Grit?

That’s easiest to define. It’s perseverance in the face of difficulty, boredom, adversity or sheer lack of will. “I will do it because it needs to be done even if I don’t want to, it’s hard, or something else is more interesting.”

How Do You Measure Grit?

According to this article about Angela and her work:
“Angela and her team had to create a scale to measure grit, because it didn’t exist. The questionnaire asks students to rate themselves on a five-point scale ranging from ‘very much like me’ to ‘not like me at all’ in answer to such statements as ‘I have overcome setbacks to conquer an important challenge,’ ‘Setbacks [...]

3 Lessons from the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces

Derek Irvine, Culture Management

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Gratitude matters. No matter who good we are, there’s always room for growth and improvement.

Tomorrow, the Great Place to Work® Institute will release the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces 2014 (you can see the list of companies here, starting 23 October). China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work, [...]

5 Must-Haves for a Meaningful Message of Appreciation

Lynette Silva, Culture of Appreciation

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – We see good examples of recognition around us all the time. The trick is incorporating those lessons in how we recognize others.

What’s your top 5 favorite movie list? I won’t admit to all of mine (just yet), but one is definitely Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (I’m a huge Audrey [...]

A Culture of Appreciation Starts with You

Derek Irvine, Culture Management

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Creating a “thank you” culture requires each of us to do good work and thank and appreciate others who do the same.

Tell me about your workplace environment. What’s the general attitude or “feel” of the office? Hopeful and energetic? Downtrodden and despondent? Somewhere in between?

What’s your personal [...]

3 Steps to “Kraft” Innovation in Your Organization

Lynette Silva, Culture of Appreciation

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Creating a culture of innovation requires hiring innovative people, setting a tone for innovation, measuring innovative success, and recognizing progress along the way.

It’s beautiful Autumn here in New England. This weekend will be peak “leaf-peeping” season when our foliage will be the perfect blend of reds, oranges, yellows, [...]

Rally Your “Posse” for Success

Derek Irvine, Employee Engagement

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – We are all more successful as individuals when we commit to the success of our teams.

I’ve another good executive interview featured in the New York Times “Corner Office” column to share with you. This one is with Deborah Bial, president of the Posse Foundation, which “recruits and trains [...]

How You Give Feedback Is as Important as What You Say

Traci Pesch, Culture of Appreciation

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – Some employees are well conditioned to receive and respond to feedback, but they will still do better if that feedback is given in a constructive, helpful and positive way.

My kids are going to top performers in the workplace someday. Sure, they’re only 12 and 5 right now, but [...]

Compensation Cafe: Rewarding Ideas As Well As Results

Derek Irvine, Strategic Recognition & Company Values

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Without ideas, the amount of work invested matters not at all.

Tim Sackett is on my list of “must follow” bloggers. This post gives a good example as to why. On Compensation Cafe yesterday, I riffed on Tim’s post about the importance of ideas over work. I pointed out, [...]