Self-fulfilling prophecy – how our perceptions can influence reality

Why will some people succeed while others fail? If you have ever participated in a team sport as a youngster you might recall that some players always got to play more than others. These players where often those with the best skills and therefore the coaches preferred them over other less skilled players. As a result, these players would become better and the others had to work harder and often failed to improve in order to catch a spot on the team. This effect could be caused by something called the self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Whose objectives was it again?

Organizations today come up with some really great vision and mission statements. These are often public and you will often find them easily accessible on their web page. Who makes these statements? Who are they for? And who must make sure that they are reached. There are many stakeholders that want to have a say, but what about the employees? Do they share these objectives?

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