Halo and horns effectIt has been said by many over the centuries, and I think Rabbi Julius Gordon said it best.

“Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.”

This applies to any relationship, not just romantic ones. Look around you at your team and your colleagues.

Where do you seldom see fault, and where do you often see fault?

Who always gets the benefit of doubt, and who never does?

Do you see some with a ‘halo’, and some with ‘horns’?

Is this fair?

This week, examine your prejudices and assumptions about people and notice what you expect from them. Notice how you look for ‘proof’ of your assumptions and thus, in your eyes, they meet your expectations. Notice how we all tend to find what we look for as we filter what we see.

The halo effect is a common pitfall when interviewing for recruitment. Here are some other pitfalls.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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