Vince Lombardi and the Hawthorne Effect

When we believe someone is watching us, our behavior changes. Scientists call this The Hawthorne Effect.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi — a master of psychology — understood this well:

NFL Films prez Steve Sabol… told an interesting anecdote about the time he worked as a cameraman for NFL Films and was assigned to the Vince Lombardi Packers. He said Lombardi asked him to shoot training-camp drills even if there was no film in his camera.

“There are no slackers when the eyes of the world are watching,” he said Lombardi always told him.

Posted by James on Friday, March 26, 2010