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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. Her latest book is Hiding in Plain Sight: Exploring Scotland's ill health. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 29/09/2008

Jonathan Sher from Children in Scotland introduced me at an event the other day. He’s an American living in Scotland and he wholeheartedly supports our critique of American style self-esteem building. He remarked to the audience: ‘Those of us concerned about this development in America say we’ve produced a society which is all sizzle and no bacon. You in Scotland’, he went on ‘are in danger of being all bacon and no sizzle. The ideal is the right amount of bacon to sizzle.’

In a nutshell that’s what we’re trying to do in our work to improve self-belief and positive energy in Scotland while still keeping an emphasis  on substance and real skills. This is where Carol Dweck’s work is so important. As anyone who  managed to attend our events a couple of weeks ago knows, Dweck?s work is robust. It has a very strong evidence base yet it gives us exactly what we need in Scotland: a practical way to develop potential and improve performance. It is  a way to create self-belief and positive motivation whilst making sure it is tied to real performance – not just sizzle.

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