Why Personality Inventories Don’t Tell the Whole Story

The vast majority of personality inventories rely on “self report” for their input. Quite simply, individuals assess themselves on what I’ll call the “first level.” Since I refer to a “first level,” there obviously must be at least one more level. There is, and it’s a level of assessment that individuals can NOT provide by […]

Psychology by Machine? Not for a While.

Technology can fly planes, drive cars; heck, virtually perform remote surgery (pun, not intended). Some believe that literally all jobs will eventually be performed by technology. For them, if a “machine” isn’t already doing it, just wait. (Note: This is an extreme view). Technology is changing the world faster than ever. If you agree with […]

Why are you hiring “can do” when “will do” is what you’ll get?

Research confirms what most already know: When it comes to job performance, there’s a real difference between “can do” and “will do.” But how much does “can do vs will do” really influence the way you are hiring? Which person do you think shows up for your interview? Is it possible that we have a significant problem […]

What vs How: Which is more important and why we don’t act accordingly.

If you really want to know who a person is, would you rather know what they’ve accomplished, or how they’ve performed? You may already have an answer in mind, but how sure are you? Two stories from my childhood may shed a bit of light on the controversial issue of knowing what vs how. Childhood Example #1 […]

Emotional Intelligence: Breakthrough or Been Through?

Emotional Intelligence. Unless you’ve been ‘hiding under a rock’ for the last 30 years, you’ve heard of this term. And, unless you’ve been in grad school for the same amount of time, you’ve probably used it. (Just kidding — sort of) EI, as it’s commonly abbreviated, charged into mainstream popularity following Daniel Goleman’s, 1995 NY Times bestseller, “Emotional […]

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