Motivating the Creative Team

One graduate student (let’s call him Tim) at the university had near-perfect standardized test scores and a magna cum laude grade point average. Another student (George) barely squeaked into the program with mediocre test scores and an unimpressive GPA. In fact, if it had not been for a sudden movement on the waiting list, George would not have been admitted to the program. As I watched these two students over the next twelve months, I witnessed a curious development in their success as young scholars. Tim, the “brilliant” student with all the raw talent had a hard time choosing a thesis topic, started ...

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