To Perform Better, Focus on Learning, not Results

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on August 24, 2018

Professionals at a table, interactingConcentrating on improving our knowledge — and encouraging others to do the same — increases our motivation, writes Harvard’s Francesca Gino. And that additional motivation sets off a cascade of positive results, including better performance on the job. Setting specific performance targets, meanwhile, has the opposite effect, leading to diminished results. When learning is presented as a prime goal, employees feel free to be curious. And that curiosity pays dividends for companies and workers alike. • Here’s what people are saying.

Need a Motivational Boost? Start Giving Out Advice

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on August 24, 2018

Three multiracial fists bumpingIt may sound sensible for those who want to change their behavior to seek out expert advice. But recent research from Wharton’s Lauren Eskreis-Winkler and University of Chicago’s Ayelet Fishbach suggests that giving, rather than receiving, advice is a much more effective way to convince those sitting on the sidelines to change. The act of giving advice inspires confidence and encourages advice-givers to reflect on the words of wisdom they are imparting, key ingredients for motivation. • Here’s what people are saying.

Talking About Failure is Key to Success

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on August 24, 2018

Failure is success if we can learn from itTalking about your failures comes with benefits. When done with authenticity and humility, discussing your failures with others can make you appear more relatable and more human, according to research from Harvard’s Alison Wood Brooks. And when we frame such conversations by asking others for help, we can even use such experiences to improve. Such revelations also stimulate benign envy, according to Brooks, which can motivate those we are speaking with to try harder in their own pursuits. • Here’s what people are saying.