ATD 2021 Keynote Recap: Angela Duckworth and Her Grit Scale

ATD 2021 Keynote Recap: Angela Duckworth and Her Grit Scale

ATD 2021 kicked off with a lively and engaging keynote from Angela Duckworth. She began with stories from her childhood and how her family placed a high value on achievement, success, and achievement. She knew she wasn’t the smartest person in her class or in school, and this concerned her. She also knew her father frequently talked about people being smart. Or not.

This inspired her research to find a common denominator among high achievers. She found that it’s not at all related to your IQ or innate giftedness. It’s all about grit and what you can learn and develop. She’s even created a grit scale so you can see how you rate. This is good news for ATD. “Our job at ATD is to help people get better sooner,” she said.

“Grit is sustained passion and perseverance for especially long-term goals.”

She broke down this concept starting with passion. She explained that passion is a voluntary obsession where people love what they do. Combine this with a consistency of commitment and working hard over a long time. Passion and perseverance working towards long-term goals. As employers, how can we nurture grit in our teams?

Building Grit

Duckworth explained that interest is the first seed of grit. As a manager or a trainer working with employees, how can we kindle interest in their job?

Training Grit

When I attend sessions at an industry event like ATD21, I listen for new trends or topics that relate to the business of employee training and how we can bring more value to our clients. In this case, I see opportunities to curate a curriculum to help train grit with these courses from our Business Skills library.

Additional related courses in our Business Skills library to help create a supportive culture would include diversity, equity and inclusion training topics, emotional intelligence, team building, and collaboration.

If you want to view any of the courses related to building grit, request a free trial of HSI LMS and you will have access to our complete Business Skills library. If you create all your training in-house, hopefully, you can use these topics for inspiration.

Additional Resources

Read more in Angela Duckworth’s book: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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