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What is the Heliotropic Effect?

 , July 09, 2016 updated on January 19, 2017
The heliotropic effect is the hypothesis that societies, cultures, organizations, groups and individuals work towards the most positive images they hold of themselves. The term heliotropic describes the ability of plants to move or grow towards the sun.
The heliotropic effect explains why organizations that have a compelling mission and vision for their future may outperform. When individuals believe in an exciting mission they tend to be fully awake. This likely has significant value.
Overview: Heliotropic Effect
TypeOrganizational Culture
DefinitionThe idea that societies, cultures, organizations, groups and individuals work towards the most positive images they hold of themselves.
Related ConceptsInternalization vs Compliance
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