IDEA #33

I can see your halo


He’s really great with numbers so I’m sure he’ll make a great boss …

What you need to know

In 1920 the American psychologist Edward Thorndike’s study analysing how commanding officers evaluated their soldiers’ skills and capabilities across a wide range of metrics was published. Investigating the relationship between the commanding officers’ evaluation of the separate characteristics, Thorndike uncovered a puzzlingly high correlation between them. In Thorndike’s words, ‘it appeared that the estimates of the same man in a number of different traits such as intelligence, industry, technical skill, reliability ...

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