Why did people tell pollsters one answer yet vote differently on May 7th?

Did you vote?

Did you change how you would vote when you marked the paper?

We just don’t notice that what we say and what we do often conflict.

Our innermost thoughts are something we tend to regard as correct, true, and trustworthy. Importantly these thoughts guide what we will do – or we think that they do.

Polling predictions did not reflect the 2015 election result. Did your voting 2015 election decision throw your certainties into doubt when you marked the voting paper?

Moments sometimes happen when we notice that our inner thoughts and plans are not what we actually do. We surprise ourselves.

Usually however, we just don’t notice that what we say and what we do often conflict. This means that we don’t really know what affects our decisions and behaviour.

Nobel Prize winning research from Daniel Khaneman has shown that the kinds of things we take in into account when we make decisions are often not things we say are involved. So, when asked how we will vote we can say one thing to a pollster and then vote differently on the day itself.

As the pollsters go and lick their wounds it is worth remembering that they already knew that ‘what we say’ and ‘what we do’ can be very different…

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Marjorie Raymond

Marjorie Raymond

T: 07779 345 499

E: m.raymond@mwrconsulting.co.uk

We have experience in developing senior managers and their team members – both on an individual and team level – so they can develop practical approaches that encourage positive, constructive behaviour. This, in turn, leads to the development of positive beliefs and values. We are ready work with you, to help you get the best out of your people.

Here are some examples of approaches that can be used and tailored to your individual needs:

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  • Personal development activities
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  • Psychometric assessment, which can identify strengths as well as derailing behaviours and also include 360 degree feedback
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Do you judge people by their face – as if “judging a book by its cover”

Would you employ this person?

Would you employ this person?

Often we make judgments of others based on their facial features. Mostly, we are not even aware of it. Later, such judgments can appear hasty and ill-considered, downright unfair and wrong. Sometimes of course, we are right. The issue is that we may not know the reasons for being right. However, these sorts of judgments can affect our behaviour. It can be hard to change them, or to stop ourselves from making such judgments in real-time. Recent research by Tom Hartley (see more below) indicates that it’s useful to know how people in general tend to judge others based on first appearances. It may help us to understand how we as individuals may tend to judge others. 

Did she do a good job?

Did she do a good job?

This is particularly important to the world of work where we may make decisions and use judgments that may not be accurate. This may include decisions about important people issues, such as assessing performance, making new investments, recruiting new people or promoting people within the organisation already.

Did you decisions meet your personal and organisation's values?

Do your decisions meet your organisation’s values?

Making unwise decisions is bad enough but making unfair decisions can lead to discrimination, which is not only unfair and wrong, it is unlawful. A good source of support is ACAS . Read the blog from Tom Hartley  If you are interested in understanding what specific triggers can lead to hasty and ill-considered judgments then you can read more here: http://thermaltoy.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/first-impressions-count-but-how/

Reach us at 07779 345 499, m.raymond@mwrconsulting.co.uk

Marjorie Raymond

Marjorie Raymond

T: 07779 345 499 E: m.raymond@mwrconsulting.co.uk We have experience in developing senior managers and their team members – both on an individual and team level – so they can develop practical approaches that encourage positive, constructive behaviour. This, in turn, leads to the development of positive beliefs and values. We are ready work with you, to help you get the best out of your people. Here are some examples of approaches that can be used and tailored to your individual needs:

  • Special projects, secondments and assignments
  • Mediation, to address workplace conflict
  • Personal development activities
  • Individual and group coaching…Coaching – a powerful way of developing people
  • Psychometric assessment, which can identify strengths as well as derailing behaviours and also include 360 degree feedback
  • Structured module for understanding the psychological contracts in your organisation, both at an individual or team level
  • Straight Talking: …Straight Talking create change through conversations