Steve Kaplan's Blog

March 18, 2011

Wishing Someone Luck Can Improve Performance

Filed under: Steve Insight — stevekaplan @ 12:57 pm

According to Harvard Business Review’s Daily Stat,”activating a positive superstitious belief can boost people’s confidence, which in turn improves performance.”

This article explains that in an experiment conducted, a dexterity task that usually took more than 5 minutes was accomplished in 191.5 seconds if participants were wished good luck before starting the test.

Other than thinking this is an interesting stat, I’m sharing this with you, because this notion can be applied to business. Not necessarily the “superstitious aspect,” but the idea that positive reinforcement in general can boost performance. When a participant (or an employee) feels appreciated and hears direct positive encouragement, they’re likely to want to do better, and actually perform better.

What do you guys think about this? Do you agree?



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