When lying to your team can help them win!

Patrick Mouratoglou coaches Serena Williams, one of the greatest champions of all time with a record 23 Grand Slam Singles titles.
During Wimbledon 2015, Serena was having difficulties with her volley when opponents played a drop shot. Patrick lied, saying: “I’m happy when your opponent plays a short ball, because all your stats say you win 80% of those points.” That gave Serena confidence, and the lie became a reality! (I highly recommend this episode of The Playbook on Netflix).

In 1968, Rosenthal conducted an experiment that speaks for itself: when students were presented as gifted (even when they were not), this tended to further their development.

Goethe sums this up really well in just a couple of sentences:

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

What have you done to lead your team to a win? Through helping them realize their greatest potential? What have you said to them to help them achieve or exceed their goals?

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