Takeaways from ‘80% is Psychology’ session, January 23rd, 2019 in Tokyo.
- Unlike the fixed influence of genes on body size, elite achievement is rather the result of differences in experiences, training, (elite) education, and networks.
- Whether talent develops or not heavily depends on how and to whom organizations allocate their resources.
- IQ test results from children do not support a relationship with later exceptional performance.
- Avoid mindless repetitions that arrest development. Instead, deliberately practice by focusing purposefully and systematically your attention on performance improvement.
- The Pygmalion effect: Viewing somebody as a talent could result in a self-fulfilling prophecy. Good managers can use this phenomenon positively by instilling high productivity in their employees through their high expectation.
- There is scientific evidence that talent geographically concentrates where there is diversity.
- The Peter Principle: Employee careers tend to rise to their level of incompetence. Therefore, do appreciate people who are modestly staying with and competently doing their jobs.
- Team talent: Celebration of “stars” should not neglect the importance of the whole team (incl. B) players