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Claiming Victory in 2013 – January 31st, 2013, by Danny J. Stevens

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and
he will become as he can and should be.”
~ Stephen R. Covey

There have been many experiments done based on this quote. One was were the teacher split out all the blue eyed children and brown eyed children. They were treated differently, the blue eyed children were told they were superior and could get the good grades while the brown eyed children were not expected to perform well. Even those who had good grades began to experience a decline while the blue eye children’s grades improved. Then the teacher made the announcement that she had made a big mistake. It was actually the other way around the blue eyed children were inferior and the brown eyed children were expected to do much better. This is known as the Pygmalion effect, there are other names such as the Rosenthal effect but regardless of the name it is that we rise up to the expectation which is held for us.

If we know this, why do we allow hate, jealousy, bigotry, fear or whatever reason it may be to place any group or individual person in a position of not performing to the highest possible standards. Today in the job market for example countless prospective employers are labeling groups and individuals as not worthy. When you look at the those who were in the position they may not have had the qualifications but they learned and stepped up to the task.

I was once asked what qualifications I thought were needed to fill the position of a VAX Operator position. My manager looked me straight in the eye and said she had looked high and low and the one person she sent to my I turned down. So where did I expect to find anyone to fill the position. I gave her the requirements, “They must be willing to learn! They must be willing to work! There was no other qualification necessary!” In one week the position was filled! To many games are being played in the employment market today, you must pass the bombardment of questions which may or may not have anything to do with the job for which you have applied. I have over fours years watch countless companies re-hire for the position. Rather than aiming at someone who can answer the question, they need to look for the person who will perform the job, ho will grow with the company and who want to work. People will rise to the expectation and encouragement given to them.

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