This week’s 2nd Power Word definitely improves performance,
The Pygmalion Effect is a phenomenon within sociology in which the greater the EXPECTATION placed upon individuals, the better they perform.
The corollary is the Golem Effect, which offers lower EXPECTATION leads to poorer performance.
Henry Ford is often quoted as having said, “if you believe you can, or if you believe you can’t, you are right.”
It’s all about setting EXPECTATION. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The reason this works is that based on our EXPECTATION we will take certain actions (or not) to fulfill the EXPECTATION.
If we choose to believe this we might as well set high EXPECTATIONs for those we lead (and ourselves), and strive to fulfill them. It’s much better than the alternative, don’t you think? Leave a comment below!
’til next time, make it a great weekend!