I’ve read a couple of great stories recently about expectations.
The first one is about a university student who fell asleep during a maths class and woke up just before the end and hurriedly copied two problems off the board assuming they were that week’s homework. She spent the whole week trying to work them out and came to the next class feeling very apprehensive as she’d only managed to solve one of them. The teacher was astonished as both problems were apparently unsolvable and had perplexed the best maths brains for decades! But no one told her that! She assumed the problems were her homework and she assumed that if that was so then she should be able to solve them.
How many problems are you failing to get solutions for, simply because you believe there is no solution?
The second story is about a new teacher at a school – the headmaster told her she was teaching a very special class of super talented pupils. At the end of the first term their results were spectacular, but exactly as she expected for a such a talented class. Except they weren’t – they were just an ordinary group of mixed ability kids. The headmaster had misled her! But her belief in those children and her expectations for them had turned them all into super achievers!
How would you change the way you worked if you believed your team were all geniuses?