You may think of EQ as a fad, and you’d be right. But before you dismiss it outright, consider the latest evidence. By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D. We all remember when we first heard about EQ. (Just me?) I’d arrived in London from Buenos Aires to embark on my Ph.D. studies […]
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.” […]
4 Myths About Employee Happiness
Forcing happiness into your office culture is a sad excuse for a strategy. Here’s why—and what truly matters. By Lewis Garrad These days, spotting a smile around the office is as rare as catching a grin at the DMV. A Gallup report finds that only 3 out of 10 U.S. […]
The Curious (And Completely Flawed) Case of the Positivity Ratio
So-called experts are peddling a magical mathematical formula that determines your happiness and success at work. Here’s the problem: This author has thoroughly debunked it. By Nick Brown In the late 1990s, researchers hung out in a specially equipped lab and observed the verbal behaviors of employees at computer company […]
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 […]
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 […]
Do You Need a Killer Instinct?
Some research says psychopaths make great CEOs—and the heartless exec in the corner office agrees. But a deeper dive into the science suggests you shouldn’t rip out your ticker just yet. By Peter D. Harms, Ph.D., and Karen Landay Are you on the psycho path to success? Although we wish […]
Game On or Game Over?
More organizations are adopting gamification as a tool to assess talent, but experts wonder whether the fad has the legs to level up. By Reece Akhtar, Ph.D., Dave Winsborough & Uri Ort No job in the world provides nonstop intellectual stimulation. Even Elon Musk would tell you that rerouting the […]
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 […]
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 […]