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Personal Success – A Key to Public Works Improvement “The GRIT Factor” By Larry Frevert, PE, PWLF Senior Consultant – TREKK Design Group, LLC, and Director.

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1 Personal Success – A Key to Public Works Improvement “The GRIT Factor” By Larry Frevert, PE, PWLF Senior Consultant – TREKK Design Group, LLC, and Director – Public Works Institute, KCAPWA

2 Any Golfers Among You? Any Readers of Golf Digest?

3 Golf Digest Article – October 2014 “What It Takes to Succeed – Improve In Golf” “The GRIT Factor” By Bob Carney

4 Grit -

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6 True Grit j4GDqjv4 j4GDqjv4

7 Developing Grit Commitment To A Long Term Goal Discipline Is The Master Ingredient Optimism Provides A Vision of Success A Growth Mind-Set Is The Hidden Key

8 Commitment To A Long Term Goal The Foremost Predictor of Success Among Chicago Public Schoolchildren: Talent Brains Social Intelligence Good Looks Physical Health IQ GRIT – YES - Angela Duckworth, Psychology Professor University of Pennsylvania NOT

9 Angela Duckworth Quote: Grit is: A Passion, Persistence and Perseverance for Very Long Term Goals Living Life As A Marathon, Not A Sprint Acquired, You Can Develop It Scott Rigsby, the first double amputee to complete the Hawaiian Ironman triathlon

10 “The Address” – Ken Burns Documentary Greenwood School – Vermont School for Boys With Learning Disabilities One Yearlong Assignment Memorize and Recite the Gettysburg Address

11 Public Works Application Commitment To A Long Term Goal Identify What You Want For Your Organization/Your Career/Your Future Be Idealistic But Keep It Realistic Develop A Plan To Achieve This Goal Measure Your Progress Along The Way Don’t Accept Less Than Success

12 Discipline Is The Master Ingredient “The Marshmallow Test” – Walter Mischel, Stanford Psychology Professor

13 Marshmallow Test Results 4 Year Olds Tested Years Later Wait > 20 Minutes – Self-Discipline Traits Better Behavior Less Prone to Addiction SAT Scores = +210 Conclusion: The Ability to Delay Self-Gratification Was A Key to Academic Success

14 Public Works Application Do Emphasize Work Quality Do Focus On Caring For Infrastructure Do Follow Through When No One Is Watching Do Care For Resources Like They Are Your Own Don’t Procrastinate

15 Optimism Provides A Vision Of Success

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17 Public Works Application Coping With Weather Performing Without Adequate Resources Personnel Equipment Materials Funding Not Being Recognized For Your Contributions

18 A Growth Mind-Set Is The Hidden Key Successful People Approach Problems As A Learning Process They Are Not Afraid Of An Imperfect Result They View Their Skills As Capable of Change “Here’s What I Am Now, and Here’s What I’d Like To Be”

19 Public Works Application Personal Assessment of Skills and Commitment to Improve Supervisory Assessment of Staff and Coaching Them to Improve Commitment to Making Your Department/Division/Section/Group/Team/ Self A High Performing One

20 7 Keys To Having Grit As A Golfer Relish Every Shot Control the Talk Find A Mentor Set A Major Goal Break Your Goal Into Smaller Ones Develop A Plan Assess Your Habits As A Public Works Supervisor Relish Every Assignment Be Critical/Not Condemning Find A Mentor Set A Major Goal Break Your Goal Into Smaller Ones Develop A Plan Evaluate Your Performance

21 Do You Have Grit? Angela Duckworth’s Grit Scale Test 1200 West Point Cadets Whole Candidate Score Academic Grades Physical Fitness Leadership Potential Vs. Grit Scale Test

22 Grit Scale Test Scoring

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