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Belief in potential creates potential All it takes is really believing Supervisors can create better employees just by believing in them This is even truer when working with underachieversWhat happens when the supervisor thinks positivelyImproving the performance of those with the least potentialPygmalion doesnt work as well on women supervisorsIf you tell a grammar school classroom teacher that a child is bright the teacher will be more supportive teach more difficult material allow more time to answer questions and provide more feedback to that child The child receiving this attention and basking in the teachers belief learns more and is better in school It does not matter if the child is actually bright All that matters is that the teacher believes in the child This is also true of managers and workersThis uniquely human phenomenon is called the Pygmalion Effect It is a persistently held belief in another person such that the belief becomes a reality The person believed in being believed becomes the person whom they are perceived to be The self full filling prophecy Did you ever notice that there are some people with whom we naturally feel comfortable Who think our ideas are great When they listen to us we express ourselves clearly and are able to make ideas ring with clarity and insight This is because believing we are bright they see us in this light We knowing how they feel about us work hard to make sure they are satisfied with our answersThe opposite is also true There are people with whom we are not comfortable and who we believe do not like us We avoid these people and do not do our best when we are around them With these people we are hesitant and much less articulate Most of the time we are less likely to try hard to get them to understand our point of view We are victims of a label that has been placed on
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