THE TALENT TRAP

Good day family & TGIF!! it’s the first Friday in the month of April & just like that Q2 is on a roll already. I hope you took time to access all of your Q1 goals & targets?? Was the result great?

If Yes, then you can use that energy to hit Q2. If No, then check why you didn’t meet your target & refocus for Q2.

No matter the result of your assessment, please know that the end result is to ensure that you are moving along, that you are growing, enjoying where you are on the way to where you are going.

We’ve spent the whole of last month on this topic “Cultivating a growth mindset” & in this month we are going to continue until I’m inspired to write on something else.

So primarily we’ve established the importance of our mindsets & how it can affect our performance both positively & negatively. We’ve also highlighted the different types of mindsets i.e. Fixed, Mixed & Growth.

The picture below depicts the 2 ends of the spectrum with the mixed in between.

There is really no time to summarize all we’ve learnt but you can catch up on all of the previous posts below:

Cultivating a growth mindset – I

Cultivating a growth mindset – II

Cultivating a growth mindset – III

Cultivating a growth mindset – IV

TALENT TRAP – PARENT TRAP

The very first thing that came to my mind when we got to this part of the course was the 1998 movie “The Parent Trap” starring an 11-year old Lindsay Lohan. In this update of a 1961 film, twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them.

The preteen girls’ divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson), are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After meeting at camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they’ve missed. If the scheme works, it might just make the family whole again.

In performance psychology research, it’s been stated that relying ONLY on your talents & skills to achieve your goals gets you so far & give you a false sense of accomplishment but it’s not enough. The idea that you either have a talent or you don’t, or you only have so much talent, is part of a fixed mindset.

This kind of thinking can hinder your chances of stretching your ability to reach goals and achieve more. One of the key issues with a fixed mindset is the limits you put upon yourself in terms of what you can and can’t achieve.

Imagine you’re a sports professional and you want to push yourself to achieve more in your sport. If you believe you have a set amount of talent and skill, how likely are you to push yourself beyond that?

IT’S A TRAP!!!

There is this HR mantra that I’ve heard & seen practiced over the years & that is “Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill“.

Please check out the link below to an HBR article for full context.

Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill

Given 2 options of Attitude & Skill, it’s better to hire someone with the right attitude (or mindset) & train them to gain the right skill rather than someone with the right skill & bad attitude (or mindset).

With the level of Innovation required to survive in this modern world, you cant afford to have people that give “not possible” as answers to questions raised by management & the market place at large.

I firmly believe that nothing is impossible & there is always a solution to every problem. I enjoy breaking barriers & doing the impossible but I’ve come to realize that not many people have this mindset & those that have it are often chastised by the majority who don’t.

It’s difficult to change mindsets, axioms & paradigms & it takes a personal decision & conscious effort to do it. Not surprisingly, a certain amount of natural talent can help the process of achieving goals. But perhaps surprisingly, the main ingredient for success is actually practice plus talent (P+T).

Talent alone really isn’t enough if you want to achieve significant goals. Relying on existing skills and abilities to achieve results won’t motivate you to learn more, develop your talents and skills, and reach your potential. This is why using talent alone is a trap. You’re tricked into thinking you have all you need to progress.

But you’re missing the hugely important factors of practice, persistence, and focus. Creating a growth mindset doesn’t eliminate the talent factor.

It just helps you to understand that to continually achieve more and reach your potential, you need to focus on learning and continuous improvement.

Do you know anyone who is talented but is not achieving greatness due to their bad attitude?

In my next post, I will be comparing 2 football (soccer) stars to drive home this point.

Are you just relying on your skills & talents to get by?

What mindset do you have?

This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ

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CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – III

Hello Family!! It’s the penultimate Sunday in the month of March & we are at the start of the 13th week of 2019. I usually don’t post on Sundays, but I’ve had to work out of station for a few days in the last week & that has altered my routine but my commitment of posting at least once a week still remains resolute.

How are things going with you?? Q1 is at it’s end, hope you are on-track with your 2019 goals, it’s time to take stock & fuel for Q2.

I will like to appreciate everyone who has given me a feedback one way or the other regarding this series & other posts on this blog. It’s quite refreshing to know that from my little corner of the world some form of impact is being felt as I contribute my quota to the pool of resources available out there.

Before we jump right into the flow, for the sake of those who are just joining the series, you can catch-up on the first 2 posts by clicking on the links below:

PART I

PART II


The series topic is “Cultivating a growth mindset” which was a LinkedIn course I took about 4 months ago as part of an e-learning trial team for my company’s HR department. This class was taught by Gemma Leigh Roberts, Chartered Psychologist, Executive Coach, and author.

MIXED MINDSET

In this post, we will be looking at the 2nd type of mindset, “The Mixed Mindset“. Traditionally, research focused on fixed and growth mindsets and nothing in between.

What we now know to be true is you may veer more towards a growth or a fixed mindset naturally, but actually a lot of people are somewhere in between and have a mixed mindset.

This means your mindset is part fixed, part growth depending on the situation, circumstances and how you feel about events going on in your life. This means sometimes you may feel like you have the ability to develop skills and talents and other times you may not.

Ideally, you want to develop and cultivate a growth mindset. This will dramatically improve your performance, productivity, goal achievement, and happiness.

It’s all about changing your thought process to view challenges and disappointments as opportunities to learn and develop. It’s about understanding you can develop skills, talents, abilities, and even your mindset over time.

There is a concept I’ve adapted from John C. Maxwell’s latest book “Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace” which is about the different mindset zones. And the graphic below helps to explain it better.

It’s really clear that zones 1 & 2 mindset are more of the fixed mindset type while Zones 3 & 4 fit into the growth mindset. Now going back to today’s topic, it’s easy to see how in different situations & circumstances there is a tendency to have a mixture. This is not a bad place to be, at least it’s better than staying at the rock-bottom zone with a fixed mindset & just cruising or coasting through life.

My challenge to you today is to check your views & perspective of life, mentality, truisms, beliefs systems, etc & honestly assess where you are. Once you know that, then start to make effort to progress from where you are now to where you ought to be.

“Getting better doesn’t just happen from wishful thinking. Getting better only happens with the discipline of doing better. Discipline is the requirement for progress.” — Jim Rohn

This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ

CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – II

growth mindset

Hello Family!! it’s Friday 15th March 2019!! Wow the year is really running fast & we are mid-march already, before you know it, Q1 2019 will be over.

How far are you with your set goals & targets for 2019? Are you still on-track or off the rails? The next 16 days might be a good time to reassess & realign yourself.

Cultivating a growth mindset – I

In my previous post above, I tried to set a bit of a foundation regarding the topic “Cultivating a growth mindset” which was a LinkedIn course I took about 4 months ago as part of an e-learning trial team for my company’s HR department. This class was taught by Gemma Leigh Roberts, Chartered Psychologist, Executive Coach, and author.

We looked at the mind as the battlefield & that if you win in your mind, you will ultimately win in life, it’s just a matter of time.We started talking about the mindset, which is the established set of attitudes held by someone & how this is a reflection of a person’s world view or philosophy of life.

A person can be accurately analyzed based on their mindsets to a lot of things in life & there are both positive and negative mindsets. The good news is that we have the power & ability to shift from one to the other with the key being our ability to learn.

MINDSET IS A CHOICE

Today, let’s take it up a notch!!! We were created by God as tripartite, Man (the human being) is a spirit, armed with a soul & lives in a protective casing called the body that enables us to function here on earth. We have a choice as regards the type of mindset we deploy & engage with in our lives.

Now there is a counter argument to this as most people will say you don’t have a choice considering that you don’t choose your parents, family, society, nation, the type of environment you were born into or grow in & that has a huge impact on your mindset. Yes I do agree but despite that fact, your life is still your life & no one is responsible for it other than YOU!

It’s great to blame others while you are younger & have people making decisions for you, but as you get older, you need to take the driver’s seat of your life & start to make choice decisions. Don’t let your background put your back on the ground, you have the choice to re-invent yourself & evolve to a better YOU despite the challenges of life.

I didn’t have the best of template to follow growing up, but at some point as I grew older, I took it upon myself to shred the old templates, created new & better ones of my own which I intend to pass on to my kids with the mandate to make it better than mine.

TYPES OF MINDSETS

There are 3 broad types of mindsets namely:

  1. Fixed Mindset
  2. Mixed Mindset
  3. Growth Mindset

FIXED MINDSET

As the name implies, those with this type of mindset truly believe that their skills and abilities won’t change, that they’ve reached a certain level and that’s where they can expect to remain.

They see failure as fatal, as the end of the road, they have the notion that everything in life has limits & once you reach that limit, that’s it.

Feedback is not constructive for these type of people, they are unwilling to try new things ( ideas, skills, etc), are threatened by the successes of other around them & they don’t do well under the pressure and challenges of life.

Did I just describe you, someone you know or an organization you know or work with at the moment?

Don’t worry, remember that one of the keys to shifting from one mindset to the other is the ability to learn.

Learning is a a very important ingredient in cultivating the right mindset, so it’s good to know where you are at the moment so that you can map out where you want to be & how to get there.

Do you agree you have a choice in life & about your mindset?

Do you have a fixed mindset?

Are you willing to learn & evolve out of that fixed mindset?

Altering your mindset takes practice, commitment, and focus. When it comes to how you think and process information, there’s no quick fix. But you can make small steps towards how you want to change that over time can make a big impact.

This is my snippet…….. I AM SHALOMESQ