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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Getting Intelligence

Just reading a review of Richard Nisbett's book on "Intelligence and How to Get It", by Nicholas D Kristof, "How to raise our IQ", New York Times, 15th April 2009, via James Governor. Haven't got my hands on the book itself yet, but here's the quote James picked from the review that got my attention.

"Professor Nisbett provides suggestions for transforming your own urchins into geniuses — praise effort more than achievement, teach delayed gratification, limit reprimands and use praise to stimulate curiosity."

What if we ran companies on this basis? Perhaps this would be a better solution than recruiting people because they are "talented" and then rewarding them with large bonuses when they manage to game the system for short-term advantage.

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