In a recent interview with Business Insider, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, credits Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s best-selling book, Mindset, as the inspiration for the culture he’s trying to build at Microsoft.
Here’s Satya’s quote
“I was reading it not in the context of business or work culture, but in the context of my children’s education. The author describes the simple metaphor of kids at school. One of them is a ‘know-it-all’ and the other is a ‘learn-it-all,’ and the ‘learn-it-all’ always will do better than the other one even if the ‘know-it-all’ kid starts with much more innate capability.”
“Going back to business: If that applies to boys and girls at school, I think it also applies to CEOs like me, and entire organizations, like Microsoft.”
We could summarize this brilliant strategy in one sentence:
“Don’t be a know-it-all; be a learn-it-all.”