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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 […]


Who Becomes an HR Leader?

We looked at the personalities of more than 1,000 HR executives to see how they stack up against other workers around the world. Here’s what we found. By Ryne A. Sherman, Ph.D., and Matthew R. Lemming The primary task of human resources has historically been to handle employee benefits and […]


The Best Kind of Feedback Is Lying. Honestly.

Want a more effective way to motivate your employees? Tell a few fibs and watch them flourish. By Peter D. Harms, Ph.D. “Know thyself.” It’s a phrase that was said to be written at the entrance of the Oracle at Delphi, and an idea that has been widely embraced in […]


Women in the C-Suite: 4 Breakthrough Strategies

While most companies are talking about gender equality in leadership, these four are walking. Their secrets may open doors for your female talent too. By Brian Kropp, Ph.D. Within most conventional wisdoms is at least a nugget of truth. Same applies to the most common theories as to why males […]

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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 […]


Sorry Guys, Women Are More Effective Leaders

The authors evaluated 25,000 managers and reached a definitive conclusion: Women are more effective leaders than men. By Joe Folkman, Ph.D., Joyce Palevitz, and Jack Zenger, Ph.D. Much has been written about the glass ceiling that appears to limit how high women can go in large organizations. More women enter […]

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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 […]


How to Lead Under Pressure: 4 Foundations You Need

Maintaining your composure and keeping your team moving forward requires four sturdy building blocks. Here’s how to forge them. By Rob McKenna, Ph.D. If you were better at dealing with pressure and maintained your capacity to communicate with others clearly while staying true to yourself, how would that change affect […]


4 Biggest Myths About Female Leaders

If you think you understand why women are underrepresented in leadership, think again. By Derek Lusk, Ph.D., and Jackie VanBroekhoven Sahm You’ve read the articles, heard the popular explanations, and can rattle off the talking points: women are different, women are less capable, women are less interested, it’s the damn […]


The Surprising Reason Women Aren’t on Top

The research is clear: Unconscious bias isn’t holding women back. The smoking gun is the career path they took. By Rob Kaiser and Wanda T. Wallace, Ph.D. Diversifying the c-suite with more women is a top priority for many companies. But after 30-plus years chipping away at the glass ceiling, […]