Quote of the Week – Andy Grove on Self-Fulfilling Leadership

Andy Grove, former CEO and Chairman of Intel, commented:

“If you are depressed, you can’t motivate your staff to extraordinary measures. So you have to keep your own spirits up even though you well understand that you don’t know what you’re doing . . . part of it is self-discipline and part of it is deception. And the deception becomes reality – deception in the sense that you pump yourself up and put a better face on things than you start off feeling. After a while, if you act confident, you become more confident. So the deception becomes less of a deception. But I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly”

– Andy Grove, interviewed by Clayton Christensen as reported by Bob Sutton

This is a great example of deliberate self-fulfilling prophecy, a cycle of

  1. perhaps Grove was initially not feeling confident, but
  2. he put on a confident face, which
  3. influenced people around him, in turn leading to
  4. reasons to feel confident, and in turn
  5. validation of the original ‘deception’ as ‘truth’

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Quote of the Week – Andy Grove on Self-Fulfilling Leadership

Andy Grove, former CEO and Chairman of Intel, commented:

“If you are depressed, you can’t motivate your staff to extraordinary measures. So you have to keep your own spirits up even though you well understand that you don’t know what you’re doing . . . part of it is self-discipline and part of it is deception. And the deception becomes reality – deception in the sense that you pump yourself up and put a better face on things than you start off feeling. After a while, if you act confident, you become more confident. So the deception becomes less of a deception. But I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly”

– Andy Grove, interviewed by Clayton Christensen as reported by Bob Sutton

This is a great example of deliberate self-fulfilling prophecy, a cycle of

  1. perhaps Grove was initially not feeling confident, but
  2. he put on a confident face, which
  3. influenced people around him, in turn leading to
  4. reasons to feel confident, and in turn
  5. validation of the original ‘deception’ as ‘truth’

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