An interesting story in the Times regarding the importance of looking for a “growth mindset” in potential employees:
After reading her book, Scott Forstall, senior vice president of
Apple in charge of iPhone software, contacted Ms. Dweck to talk
about his experience putting together the iPhone development team.
Mr. Forstall told her that he identified a number of superstars
within various departments at Apple and asked them in for a chat.
At the beginning of each interview, he warned the recruit that he
couldn’t reveal details of the project he was working on. But he
promised the opportunity, Ms. Dweck says, “to make mistakes and
struggle, but eventually we may do something that we’ll remember the
rest of our lives.”
Only people who immediately jumped at the challenge ended up on the
team. “It was his intuition that he wanted people who valued
stretching themselves over being king of their particular hill,” she