Mrs. Lockette's Book Club

Mrs. Lockette's book discussion of chapters 1-5 is rescheduled for November 5th at 2:30.  Please watch for details in the next Principal's Newsletter.

The following are the discussion questions for our first meeting.

CCA Grit Book Club Discussion Questions- First meeting

1. In the preface to Grit, Duckworth describes her father repeatedly calling her “no genius” as a child—ironic because she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in mid-career. How were your intellectual merits evaluated when you were a child? What impact do you think that had on you?

2. In Chapter 1, Duckworth introduces her “never give up” attitude as Grit. What do you think makes the leaders at the top of your field special? Why are they so dogged in their pursuits of achievement? Is it talent, or is it perseverance?

3. Duckworth’s formula for achievement is that talent combined with effort equals skill and skill combined with effort equals achievement, meaning that effort counts twice (page 42). Does this resonate with you? Can you think of any examples of this formula in your own life?

4. Describe the difference between passion and perseverance.

In Chapter 3, Duckworth categorizes talent originating from one’s natural ability, or it originates by being a “striver”. Which of these describes you best? What parts of leadership are from natural talent or striving?

5. The variance of the Grit Scale scores by age can be explained either by cultural changes or the “maturity principle”—so, either older adults are grittier because they were raised in a different, more grit-focused culture, or people become grittier as they age (page 85). How does the research support each of these theories? How does your own experience support them?

6. Duckworth identifies four characteristics that particularly gritty people tend to have: interest in what they do, the capacity to practice, a sense of purpose in their work, and hope for the future (page 91). Can you think of any examples in this book, from Olympic athletes to schoolchildren, who exhibit or don’t exhibit these qualities? From your own life?

7. In Chapter 5, Duckworth describes the maturity principle in relation to grit. Grit can change as a function of the cultural era in which we grow up, or grit can increase as one ages. Where in your organization have you seen grit change? Is it a result of culture or age?

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