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Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations
Program length: 25:00

It's a proven psychological fact. Through something that has come to be known as The Pygmalion Effect, people will perform according to the expectations others have for them. Limited expectations bring limited results, high expectations lead to exceptional results. 

The good news is that you can teach your managers and supervisors how to tap into the positive effects of expectations with their employees, improving productivity and morale in the process. 

In this program, trainees get a complete overview of the Pygmalion Effect through real-life examples, dramatic vignettes and scenes from the classic movie Pygmalion, where individuals are transformed through the positive (or negative) expectations of another. The four ways managers transmit expectations to their subordinates -- climate, feedback, input, and output -- are explained and depicted. 

This 3rd edition of a classic training program also includes video footage from a Pygmalion training session at the Dunn Edwards paint company and a powerful reenactment of a success story, plus an interview with topic expert Dr. Robert Rosenthal

Your managers will:

  • Understand how positive/negative expectations create self-fulfilling prophecies.
  • Develop the skills to positively influence coworkers and subordinates.
  • Raise the expectations they have for their staff members.
  • Believe more in their ability to positively influence and lead others.

Also Available:

Keeping the Good Ones
A Leader's Guide to Delegating
Respectful Supervisor: Motivating and Retaining Employees

Languages Available (sold separately): English, Spanish (dubbed), Arabic (subtitled), Bahasa Indonesia (subtitled), Chinese Traditional (subtitled), Danish (subtitled), Finnish (subtitled), French (subtitled), French Canadian (subtitled), German (subtitled), Hebrew (subtitled), Italian (subtitled), Japanese (subtitled), Korean (subtitled), Norwegian (subtitled), Portuguese (subtitled), Swedish (subtitled), Thai (subtitled) 

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Honest opinions from the managers and employees who use our training products in the real world.
Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations
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    Trainer - Professional Trainer
Interesting theory worth exploring for application in the workplace. I think managers might let the theory guide their actions. But the specifics outlined in Pygmalion Effect, Power of Expectations were too long and dry for one viewing. The film didn't maintain my attention and I found it a challenge to watch it in its entirety. Stopping and actively discussing each section would enhance the learning.

  • Fascinating theory with strong, supporting examples.
  • Scenarios for discussion at the end of the film are excellent.
  • Takes too long to get to workplace relevancy.
  • Too much talking.
    Susanne Riley - Northwesterner Design
Helpful, and well done, but too dry for my training tastes. Although the concept is great, a little more "show don't tell" would be more effective.

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