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Made a self-fulfilling prophecy lately? Come learn about the Pygmalion effect in our May Fraternitea

We’re all familiar with the phrase “a self-fulfilling prophecy”. For example, the placebo effect is well proven in the world of medicine (where a patient experiences beneficial outcomes just because they expect a treatment to work, even though it has no medical effect).

Self-fulfilling prophecies, it turns out, are just as prevalent in offices as they are in the world of medicine (or in school classrooms for that matter). If a manager is convinced that the people in her group are first-rate, they’ll reliably outperform a group whose manager believes the reverse—even if the innate talent of the two groups is similar.

The idea that most people will adapt their behavior to meet an expectation is known as the Pygmalion Effect. Functioning as a self-fulfilling prophecy, the Pygmalion effect is a powerful way of nudging people towards high levels of performance and engagement. Conversely, having low expectations from an employee, also sets up a self-fulfilling process called the Golem effect – where managers set up people to fail.

Join us for our next Fraternitea on the 25th of May from 3 to 4:30 where our most talented Vandana Balakrishna breaks down the Pygmalion and Golem effects. If you're a manager, you'll learn about what these effects are; how they impact your teams and ways in which you can challenge your own patterns of thinking about people in your teams. And if you are an HR or L&D professional supporting managers in their growth, you will learn about how to nudge them to recognise and challenge these effects.

If you’re new to Fraternitea, it is our way of giving back to the learning community that has sustained us for over 22 years. All Fraternitea sessions are complimentary and are focused on enhancing learning for those of us who champion learning (that could be HR, L&D or business leaders).

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