Give credit before it’s due

Have you heard of the experiments where they give a teacher a random group of students and tell them that they are all “A” students. These students do much better than those given to a teacher who was told their students were all “under-performers.” It’s a great example of people only doing as well as we expect them to.   Dale Carnegie said “Give people a grand reputation to live up to.”  It can be a danger to wait for someone to do something grand before you respect them, or trust them.  Steven M.R. Covey demonstrates in “Smart Trust” that individuals and companies who trust,