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The self-fulfilling prophecy
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"Self-fulfilling Prophecy"
What does this concept mean for you?
How can we apply this concept to the relationship between different stakeholders (with particular reference to project team members?)
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It comes down to consistency and repeatability. If you do something well, consistently, then hopefully your dealings with stakeholders and your expectations of them should be a self-fulfilling prophecy, and repeatable.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Nov 22, 2019 3:01 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Sante
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Has it ever happened to apply this paradigm? With what results?
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A self fulfilling prophecy is where a statement you make about the future directly influences the teams behavior in a way that they make the prediction occur.

I state that my project is doomed to failure. The team members decide they don't want to go down with the sinking ship so they find other jobs. Without those people, the project fails. The prophecy of failure directly created the failure.

You can influence people that a project will be a great success and motivate the team to perform at a higher level and create that success, however it is much more difficult. Entropy is a fundamental law of nature. Do nothing and things will become more disordered. Generating order from disorder requires work.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Nov 22, 2019 3:04 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Keith
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Has it ever happened to apply this paradigm positively?? With what results?
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I am not quite familiar with this terminology! This is probably from psychology (searched in google). It helps to predict the future outcome of a project. It can help to predict the stakeholders expectations and how it can influence (positive or negative) throughout the life cycle of a project.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Nov 22, 2019 3:09 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Mahabubur
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
You can try doing it in practice.

When you are sure that everything is going well and pass on this kind of thinking to the parties through words, parallel and attitudes will positively influence them.

Then share your experience and results with us.
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Theory X management style is a good example of this. If we treat skilled workers like they can't be trusted and are lazy, some of them will reward us by behaving that way...
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Nov 22, 2019 3:11 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Have you tried the positive approach?
If so, would you like to share the results with us?
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Nov 22, 2019 1:23 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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It comes down to consistency and repeatability. If you do something well, consistently, then hopefully your dealings with stakeholders and your expectations of them should be a self-fulfilling prophecy, and repeatable.
Dear Sante
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Has it ever happened to apply this paradigm? With what results?
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Nov 22, 2019 3:47 PM
Sante Vergini
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Luis, the results were a self-fulfilling prophecy ;-)
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Nov 22, 2019 2:12 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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A self fulfilling prophecy is where a statement you make about the future directly influences the teams behavior in a way that they make the prediction occur.

I state that my project is doomed to failure. The team members decide they don't want to go down with the sinking ship so they find other jobs. Without those people, the project fails. The prophecy of failure directly created the failure.

You can influence people that a project will be a great success and motivate the team to perform at a higher level and create that success, however it is much more difficult. Entropy is a fundamental law of nature. Do nothing and things will become more disordered. Generating order from disorder requires work.
Dear Keith
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Has it ever happened to apply this paradigm positively?? With what results?
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Nov 22, 2019 2:21 PM
Replying to Mahabubur Rahman
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I am not quite familiar with this terminology! This is probably from psychology (searched in google). It helps to predict the future outcome of a project. It can help to predict the stakeholders expectations and how it can influence (positive or negative) throughout the life cycle of a project.
Dear Mahabubur
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
You can try doing it in practice.

When you are sure that everything is going well and pass on this kind of thinking to the parties through words, parallel and attitudes will positively influence them.

Then share your experience and results with us.
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1 reply by Mahabubur Rahman
Nov 22, 2019 4:43 PM
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Thank you-Luis! Also, I heard about "Emotional Intelligence" (EQ) and I thought it has almost similar concept as "Self-fulfilling Prophecy".
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Nov 22, 2019 2:30 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Theory X management style is a good example of this. If we treat skilled workers like they can't be trusted and are lazy, some of them will reward us by behaving that way...
Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Have you tried the positive approach?
If so, would you like to share the results with us?
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Luis,
I have seen it in the positive, although it tends to be in situations where failure is not an option.

I have personally been in very dangerous situations where I had to tell everyone to calm down, and we were going to get out of it. We did get out if it, we just didn't know how yet.

In other can't-fail situations, we had to redefine what success meant. You don't want to live with the solution for 100 years, but you can live with it for 4 months. That usually requires some tough decisions, and possibly scrapping the plan for a new plan.

In one very comical case, there was a new software system that we were trying to implement, that would take the place of hundreds of other existing (legacy) systems. The CEO declared that we would successfully eliminate all legacy systems by the end of year. It turns out that was impossible, so "legacy systems" were renamed "classic-client systems" and we did indeed fulfill the prophecy. .
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Nov 22, 2019 3:43 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Keith
Since I read the results of the student class study I have had a positive approach to situations
And ... it has resulted :-)
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Nov 22, 2019 3:37 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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Luis,
I have seen it in the positive, although it tends to be in situations where failure is not an option.

I have personally been in very dangerous situations where I had to tell everyone to calm down, and we were going to get out of it. We did get out if it, we just didn't know how yet.

In other can't-fail situations, we had to redefine what success meant. You don't want to live with the solution for 100 years, but you can live with it for 4 months. That usually requires some tough decisions, and possibly scrapping the plan for a new plan.

In one very comical case, there was a new software system that we were trying to implement, that would take the place of hundreds of other existing (legacy) systems. The CEO declared that we would successfully eliminate all legacy systems by the end of year. It turns out that was impossible, so "legacy systems" were renamed "classic-client systems" and we did indeed fulfill the prophecy. .
Dear Keith
Since I read the results of the student class study I have had a positive approach to situations
And ... it has resulted :-)
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