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6 Truths About Using Personality Data for Talent Decisions

What you don’t know might hurt you. By Allan H. Church and Sergio Ezama If you ask Ben Franklin, nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. If you ask us, it’s death, taxes, and the use of personality tools in organizations. What was once a handful of tools […]

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The Power Poser

Some psychologists have made waves in leadership circles for saying that striking a specific pose can make you feel more powerful. The only problem? Not a lick of the research checks out. By Marcus Crede Lean back, kick your feet up onto your desk, and put your hands behind your […]

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The Great Feedback Debate: Register Today!

Does feedback do more harm than good? Or more good than harm? Let’s debate! Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall’s recent book Nine Lies About Work argues that they have “unimpeachable data” that feedback is unhelpful and “toxic.” Their claims have generated strong reactions among those who believe in the positive […]

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How Performance Reviews Create Awful Bosses

Managers don’t set out to treat employees poorly. The misguided culture at most corporations forces them to do it. By Samuel A. Culbert, Ph.D. My MBA students have a funny way of pointing me out to their friends. “When it comes to bullshit,” they say, “that professor wrote the book.”  […]

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Where Are the Agile Leaders?

In a constantly evolving corporate world, we need agile learners in leadership positions more than ever. Problem is, we have no idea how to identify them. By W. Warner Burke, Ph.D.  Agility is having a moment. There are agile individuals, who are flexible and quick to try new behaviors. There […]

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Employee Engagement Is Dead. Long Live Employee Experience

The author studied more than 250 companies and discovered that, to create a fulfilling work environment, only three factors matter. Engagement didn’t make the list. By Jacob Morgan Nobody starts a new job and, on day one, thinks to themselves, “Man, this place sucks!” Brand-new, bright-eyed hires are eager to […]

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Your Leader’s Strengths May Be Your Company’s Weaknesses

Strengths-based development is a fine strategy for athletes and technical professionals. For leaders? Not so much. Here’s the better way to develop tomorrow’s talent. By Rob Kaiser, M.S. When Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton first introduced the concept of strengths-based development in their 2001 book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, they unleashed […]

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True Grit? Try Again

The concept of grit is hot in HR circles. Too bad it’s not real. By Ryne Sherman, Ph.D.  Grit is a popular word among sports writers. When an undersized, lead-footed infielder turns a dazzling double play despite his athletic limitations, baseball scribes say that player exhibits grit.  The truth? It’s […]

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Work-Life Balance Is Not Possible

But successful work-life integration is—if you dodge these longstanding stumbling blocks. By Monique Valcour, Ph.D. The struggle—performing well at work, maintaining health and relationships at home—is real. The go-to solution—do more and do it faster—is real too. Real bad.  Changing the way we work isn’t feasible or practical. We may […]

The TalentQ Interview

MICHAEL BAZIGOS, Managing Director of the Global Leadership Team, Accenture

On the importance of organizational health and agility, and why reading CEO biographies won’t make you a better leader. Interview by Markham Heid TQ: You’re a proponent of approaching leadership and organizational change using an evidence-based approach. What does that mean exactly?  Bazigos: My overriding ethos has a few basic […]