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Announcing intentions

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microphone by visual.dichotomy - A study by NYU psychologist Peter Gollwitzer recently showed that going public with your intentions to do something might be counterproductive. 

A group of law students who announced that they were going to read law journals periodically actually read less than those who kept their mouths shut.  This made the news…probably because it’s conventional wisdom that talking about your goals helps achieve them.

Uh oh.  Isn’t that what this blog is all about?  We intend to make a spreadsheet that ties into a calendar.  We intend for it to look pretty and be useful.  And, we intend to spread the word about skedsheet. 

So far, what do we have to show for it?  Bupkis.

Well, that’s not strictly true.  We’re actually working hard and the guy who’s doing most of the work hasn’t announced anything publicly.  The study has much more to do with individual performance than the productivity of  a team.

I think the biggest difference between our scenario and the study is that there’s a different level of consequences when you renege on intentions or promises as a company versus those of a student.  We’re going to keep talking about what we’re doing – including the trials and tribulations because it’s a vital part of keeping us focused, excited, and moving forward.

Thanks to Derek for the link to the study.


Written by Harry Hollander

June 25, 2009 at 6:45 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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