Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant

Doing what is difficult

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

In her book, Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success, Stanford professor Carol Dweck talks about the importance of having a growth mindset – being willing to take on challenges and learn from them. Translation? Sometimes we have to keep trying and push our way through something difficult to be able to get to the next level.

Few of us are naturally talented at everything we need to be successful. While we don’t want to emphasize our weaker areas in our jobs, every position requires us to spend some part of our time doing work that does not use a strong competency area. Those of us who are great conceptual, big picture thinking people may have to force ourselves to handle the details the job requires. Others, who are strong with their details, may need to force themselves to consider the impact of those details on the organization’s future.

If we think about how emotional intelligence fits into this, we can admit that we are not always as mature as we should be. Our interpersonal skills, or the way we interact with others, is a competency that has caused major problems for talented people, and even derailed careers.

Learning how to handle people with different personalities than our own is difficult. But this is a major area that most of us can make the decision to try to improve. Consider making that a goal for 2011.

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