Programming a Better Football Organization

pygmalion for coaching football

The Four Keys to a Successful Football Program

  1. Know your Xs and Os and Special Teams
  2. Teach Fundamentals mostly
  3. Build Culture -See our Podcast With David Barron
  4. Use the Pygmalion effect. =Expect great performances from what you used to perceive as your least likleys to perform

Building a Better Football Cult-ure

Pygmalion or the Self Fulfilling Prophesy

The Pygmalion effect, or Rosenthal effect, is the phenomenon whereby higher expectations lead to an increase in performance. The effect is named after the Greek myth of Pygmalion, a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved, or alternately, after the Rosenthal–Jacobson stud.

A corollary of the Pygmalion effect is the golem effect, in which low expectations lead to a decrease in performance; both effects are forms of self-fulfilling prophecy. By the Pygmalion effect, people internalize their positive labels, and those with positive labels succeed accordingly. The idea behind the Pygmalion effect is that increasing the leader’s expectation of the follower’s performance will result in better follower performance.

Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson’s study showed that, if teachers were led to expect enhanced performance from children, then the children’s performance was enhanced. This study supported the hypothesis that reality can be positively or negatively influenced by the expectations of others, called the observer-expectancy effect. Rosenthal argued that biased expectancies could affect reality and create self-fulfilling prophecies.