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MGT. 651 Seminar in Organizational Behavior Week #2 Slide #1 While we may all see, hear, feel or taste the same things our “individual brain framework” interprets that stimuli into what we individually believe to be true. This process of organizing and interpreting the things we encounter in life is called perception. One thing that sets people apart is their “perceptions.” A primary point that I want you to understand is that when it comes to behavior, “our perceptions become our reality.” This means that our behaviors will reflect what we believe or perceive to be true. A good example is if you have heard a rumor that an individual is a dangerous person. You believe that rumor to be true. What happens is you will treat that person as if he/she is dangerous. In reality the rumor might have been totally false. The person is really not dangerous at all but our behaviors reflect our perceptions and not necessarily reality. We will talk later in the chapter about how perceptions, not reality, affect the way our employees perceive us and how they behave toward us is a result of those perceptions. Doing the “right” thing is not always all it is to good management. Slide #2 As this slide points out, perceptions are often made within one tenth of a second. It has been shown in experiments that we often make long lasting perceptions about people within the first few seconds after meeting them (first impressions). As we stated above, once we have made that perception it becomes our reality. There is a phenomena in behavioral research referred to as the “Pygmalion Effect” or “self- fulfilling prophecy.” The term Pygmalion comes from Greek mythology where a sculpture named Pygmalion fell in love with his female sculpture and wanted the sculpture to be real so much that the Gods allowed it to happen. His perception became his reality. As I stated earlier, our perception becomes our reality and then our reality reflects in our behaviors. If you watched the assigned “Pygmalion Effect” video you will see an example of how perceptions subconsciously affected the behaviors of the teachers. The Pygmalion effect or “self-fulfilling prophecy” has been demonstrated in many similar experiments. Slide #3 This slide gives examples of some of the different types of music: 50 Cents – Hip Hop, Elvis - Old Rock and Roll, Luciano Pavarotti - Opera, Taylor Swift - Country, Happy Goodman Family- Gospel or Kiss - Classic Rock. Which type of music is the best? Which type of music do average or normal people listen too? Which type of music do strange, weird, or unusual people listen to? Keep in mind this is just your perspective or perception. Slide #4 Look at the behaviors in this slide. Which actions are wrong, dangerous, questionable, or just a personal choice? Again, we all have our own perception of right and wrong.
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