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  • About the Author: Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

    Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in personality profiling and psychometric testing. He is a Professor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL), Visiting Profe…

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24 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work
Many people think of employee engagement as a relatively new idea, but scientists have been studying it for years. William Kahn first introduced the term in 1990, defining it as “the degree of psychological identification employees experience with their job role or work persona.” He noticed that organizations tended to overlook the influence that everyday experiences have on people’s work motivation, focusing instead on their talents, skills, and expertise.

24 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
How Office Politics Corrupt the Search for High-Potential Employees
Few topics have captivated talent management discussions more intensely than potential. The obsession with predicting who may be a future star or the next top leader has influenced academic research and human resources practices alike. But how good are we at evaluating human potential? The answer is, it’s mixed.

09 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
What Science Says About Identifying High-Potential Employees
How inclusive or exclusive should organizations be when developing their employees’ talents? In a world of unlimited resources, organizations would surely invest in everyone. After all, as Henry Ford is credited as saying, “the only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.” In the real world, however, limited budgets force organizations to be much more selective, which explains the growing interest in highpo identification.

21 Sep. 2017 | Comments (0)
Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul
Politics is a dirty word. But office politics are unavoidable; as Aristotle noted, “man is by nature a political animal.” Whether you participate in them or not, politics have a big influence on what happens to you, your projects, and your team, so it’s hard to be indifferent to them.

08 Aug. 2017 | Comments (0)
The Personality Traits of Good Negotiators
Luckily, personality research provides valuable lessons in predicting an individual’s ability to negotiate effectively. Some traits are clearly indicative of good negotiation potential, while others are more of a handicap. That isn’t to say people can’t get better at it, but their success will depend on their ability to understand their own and the other party’s personality.

03 Feb. 2016 | Comments (0)
Strengths-Based Coaching Can Actually Weaken You
In the past decade, there has been much enthusiasm for the idea that behavioral change interventions are most effective when they focus exclusively on enhancing people’s inherent strengths, as opposed to also addressing their weaknesses. This is particularly true in employee and leadership development programs, with strengths having somewhat of a cult-like following among HR and talent management professionals.

28 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
The Best Managers Are Boring Managers
What would the perfect robot manager be like? Looks aside, it would arguably be objective, transparent, unselfish, and apolitical. In short, the perfect robot manager would be utterly predictable – and completely boring. And yet dullness is not how most organizations choose managers today.

18 Sep. 2015 | Comments (0)
How to Manage a Team of B Players
There are four important tactics any leader can use to make their teams more effective. These key management elements have been found to work even with B players, and could transform a team of average individual contributors into an over-performing team.

26 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
3 Emerging Alternatives to Traditional Hiring Methods
Looking for certain universal characteristics associated with effective employees, regardless of their job or role, first, you’ll keep an eye out for the best learners and problem solvers — those who have good judgment and are most able to get the job done. Second, you’ll want to know which people are most willing to work hard. And third, you’ll try to identify the ones who are the most rewarding to deal with, the most likable and pleasant in their interactions with others.

18 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job
Humans are naturally prewired to fear and avoid change, even when we are decidedly unhappy with our current situation. Indeed, meta-analyses show that people often stay on the job despite having negative job attitudes, low engagement, and failing to identify with the organization’s culture. And, since career changes are often driven by emotional rather than rational factors, they often end up disappointing.

18 Jun. 2015 | Comments (0)
Why Group Brainstorming Is a Waste of Time
To grow and innovate, organizations have to come up with creative ideas. At the employee level, creativity results from a combination of expertise, motivation, and thinking skills. At the team level, it results from the synergy between team members, which allows the group to produce something greater than the sum of its parts.

21 May. 2015 | Comments (0)
You Can Teach Someone to Be More Creative
Though our inspiration levels fluctuate from time to time, we all differ in our baseline levels of creativity. few entrepreneurs can realistically expect to emulate the colossi of innovation, or the companies they created. But can you coach someone to be more creative?

22 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
More Data Won’t Turn Employees into High-Performing Machines
A new era of Taylorization has begun, thanks to the widespread penetration of technology at work. HR has evolved into people analytics, and talent management has become the organizational guinea pig for big data. The hope is that technology will enable them to measure and manage job performance.

12 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
The Underlying Psychology of Office Politics
All organizations are political – and to some degree, they always will be. The underlying reasons are psychological. Office politics tend to eclipse formal organizational roles and hijack critical organizational processes, making simple tasks complex and tedious, and organizations ineffective.

12 Jan. 2015 | Comments (0)
How and Why We Lie at Work
Although every society condemns lying, it is still a common feature of everyday life. Research suggests that Americans average almost two lies per day, though there is huge variability between people. So how do you deal with a coworker you suspect of lying?

17 Dec. 2014 | Comments (0)
Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence
Why are some people more able to manage complexity? Although complexity is context-dependent, it is also determined by a person’s disposition. In particular, there are three key psychological qualities that enhance our ability to manage complexity:

24 Oct. 2014 | Comments (0)
Toxic Talent Management Habits
All organizations have problems, and they always involve people. Indeed, talent management issues are a major cause of organizational underperformance. A recent report by Deloitte shows that employers around the world are poorly prepared to tackle key human capital challenges.

28 Aug. 2014 | Comments (0)
Managing the Immoral Employee
Out of all the management questions we should be asking, this is surely the least asked. How do we handle individuals who are prone to unethical behaviors, especially if they are talented and hard to replace?

25 Apr. 2014 | Comments (0)
The Unnatural Selection of Male Entrepreneurs
Although entrepreneurship rates vary from country to country, anywhere in the world there are many more male than female entrepreneurs. Women are financially more risk averse. The odds of success for start-ups are lower than 15%, so you need a big appetite for risk to launch a new venture

07 Mar. 2014 | Comments (0)
Why We Love Narcissists
Have you ever wondered why selfish, arrogant, and entitled individuals are so charming? These narcissistic people have parasitic effects on society. When in charge of companies they commit fraud, demoralize employees, and devalue stock.

11 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
If You Want to Change, Don’t Read This
There is a great scene in Godfather 2 where Kay (Diane Keaton) complains to husband Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) about his unfulfilled promise to make his business fully legit and quit being a mafioso.

16 Sep. 2013 | Comments (0)
Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?
There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling.

28 Jun. 2013 | Comments (0)
Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?
Most coaching interventions try to enhance some aspect of EQ, usually under the name of social, interpersonal, or soft skills training. The underlying reasoning is that, whereas IQ is very hard to change, EQ can increase with deliberate practice and training.

01 May. 2013 | Comments (0)
Does Money Really Affect Motivation? A Review of the Research
How much should people earn? Even if resources were unlimited, it would be difficult to stipulate your ideal salary. Intuitively, one would think that higher pay should produce better results, but scientific evidence indicates that the link between compensation, motivation and performance is much more complex. In fact, research suggests that even if we let people decide how much they should earn, they would probably not enjoy their job more.

13 Mar. 2013 | Comments (0)
Embrace Work-Life Imbalance
Overworking is really only possible if you are not having fun at work. By the same token, any amount of work will be dull if you are not engaged, or if you find your work unfulfilling. Maybe it's time to redefine the work-life balance — or at least stop thinking about it. Here are some considerations:

11 Feb. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Future of You
Having a great job does not guarantee your career success; your competence no longer depends on what you know; and being an affluent consumer matters less than becoming a sought-after product. Welcome to a new era of work, where your future depends on being a signal in the noisy universe of human capital.

07 Jan. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Dark Side of Charisma
Most people think charisma is as vital to leadership as it is to rock stars or TV presenters and, unfortunately, they are right. In the era of multimedia politics, leadership is commonly downgraded to just another form of entertainment and charisma is indispensable for keeping the audience engaged.

20 Nov. 2012 | Comments (0)
Digital Staffing: The Future of Recruitment-by-Algorithm
Americans are now spending more time on social networking sites than on all other sites combined. Facebook alone has more than 1 billion users — that's 15% of the world's population and almost 50% of internet users, and they spend an average 15 minutes a day on the site.

05 Oct. 2012 | Comments (0)
How Bad Leadership Spurs Entrepreneurship
Indeed, most people start their own companies — or go freelance — in order to stop working for others. Why? Because most managers are simply unbearable. Year after year, Gallup reports that most employees are unhappy at work, and that the number one reason for dissatisfaction is their boss.

20 Jul. 2012 | Comments (0)
Less-Confident People Are More Successful
There is no bigger cliché in business psychology than the idea that high self-confidence is key to career success. It is time to debunk this myth. In fact, low self-confidence is more likely to make you successful.