Someone recently asked me this question: is experiencing adversity a pre-requisite to developing a growth mindset? To answer the question let’s look at the graphic below which shows Carol Dweck’s fixed versus growth mindset comparison…
Just over a year ago I became CEO of Netek, where we developed emotion recognition technology through cameras and EEG. In just over a year, I’ve learned many things about this exciting technology and how the field of affective computing, emotion recognition technology, is in the beginning stages. We need to get the science right for this industry to become interesting and take off; specifically the theory of emotions that underpins the technology.
I’m very instinctive, have avoided many problems when I’ve followed my gut; and gotten into unnecessary ones when I’ve ignored it. Sound familiar? All of us make intuitive-based decisions, and most of the time our intuition is wrong. Why? In short because life is messy, there’s no way around it, and previous success makes us overconfident in our abilities.
On my latest trip my Sales Manager and I talked about a colleague of ours who’s behavior is causing problems with the team; which I won’t get into the details. She knows I’m not one to wait for things to get out of hand and wholeheartedly take the time to coach people. So she asked me: why don’t you coach him?
If you’ve been following me for a long time you know I have a very Hungry Mind. On top of magazines, articles and reports, I read at least 1 book per month; and have gone up to 4 in years past. This year I read 15 books in all, lighter than before but interesting nonetheless.
Is empathy overrated? As I posted a few weeks ago, empathy is the greatest creator of human energy; so I don’t believe it to be overrated. Still, there are those who believe too much empathy is not good. One of those people is Psychologist and author Paul Bloom, who wrote a book about the topic. I’ve found it interesting and have been reading and listening to his counter arguments to empathy; the main argument is it’s narrow, biased and therefore puts it ahead of rational thinking.
Innovation has many enemies, but the one you can count on to rear its ugly head all the time is expertise. You see, true innovation is something new, surprising and radically useful; it’s an order of magnitude better than what currently exists. Expertise driven innovation results in incremental improvements, which is good for stability; but it hinders progress when it comes to making leaps.