Thursday, February 25, 2021

Positive Links Speaker Series

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Virtual meeting with advance registration required.

The Center for Positive Organizations presents Angela Duckworth and Daniel Southwick for the Positive Links Speaker Series.

Positive links speaker series

The Trouble with "Talent": Why Describing Ability as "Talent" may Undermine Grit in the Workplace

In the last twenty years, the phrase “talent management” has increased dramatically in organizations and management literature. Despite its prevalence, little research has looked at potential consequences of referring to employees and their abilities as “talent.”

Join us for a conversation with Angela Duckworth and Daniel Southwick, hosted by Kim Cameron, to learn how organizational language can impact employee grit. They will discuss their recent research showing that describing ability as a talent (as opposed to a skill) is linked to pessimistic attitudes about improvement and persistence and may lead human resource managers to invest fewer resources in employee development. In this session you will learn what leaders can say and do to unleash grit in the workplace.

Angela Duckworth

Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor, University of Pennsylvania CEO, Character Lab

Daniel Southwick

Doctoral Student, Dept. of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania