Monday, 6 March 2017

The Apprentice - You're FIRED!

Another evening spent with The Apprentice! The women's team lost the challenge again, and the Project Manager was terminated. Self-fulfilled prophecy realized! 

Wikipedia defines self-fulfilling prophecy as "a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true." 

Robert K. Merton, a sociologist, created this term to describe "a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior, which makes the originally false conception come true."

You were given your key performance indicators, you looked at them and decided these are impossible to achieve. Four weeks later in a performance review, you are rated least effective. Well, you called it! 

The predictions we make at the start of something affects our behavior in such a way that we make the prediction happen. 

You called it, so it happened, now you've encouraged some confidence in your future predictions. Six weeks later you are placed on a performance improvement plan which yields exactly what you called. 

Congratulations you've successfully worked yourself out of a job. 

Self-inflicted unemployment is unacceptable. So Wednesday night, you and I, dinner. 

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