The Power of Positive Feedback
Arin N. Reeves
Talent leads to performance. Simple, right? It would be, except we now know that talent is not as highly correlated with performance as the environmental feedback that you get about your performance.
Malcolm Gladwell popularized this new wave of research in his book “Outliers” when he explored why most of the top Canadian hockey players were born in January or February. In Canada, the Jan. 1 cutoff for age-class hockey (starts at age 6) creates a physical maturity disparity between the oldest and youngest children in each age-class. The children who turned 6 in January or February of a particular year are almost a year older than the children who turn 6 in November or December.