9 signs you might be using the wrong personality test

This article presents an informal quiz that reveals some of the things that I have heard in connection with choosing a personality inventory.

How to tell if someone should NOT be your coach

Executive coaching has grown faster than good coaches can keep up, but that hasn’t stopped bad coaches from getting in on the game. This article offers key ways to tell if someone is truly qualified to be your coach.

The top 5 reasons succession planning goes wrong and how to fix them

Good succession planning needs to overcome many very powerful psychological biases. Here are 5 problems with traditional succession planning and how to fix them.

People with no personality are more common than you think

People use the phrase, “no personality” somewhat casually. A deeper look into exactly what no personality looks like tells us something about ourselves.

What your Personality Test Report says about You

People are frequently amazed at the accuracy of their personality test report. These reports can be powerfully enlightening as they describe an individual’s tendencies and character traits from what appears to be an objective point of view. When given the opportunity to review their report, I haven’t had one person defer. Everyone wants to know […]

Why picky selection is even more important when pickins are slim

We’ve been here before. In the late 90s the demand for technical talent was so great that organizations engaged in bidding wars simply to stay in business. Dubbed the War for Talent, management experts warned about the perils of relaxing standards for the selection of talent at such time as when organizations were in the […]

Psychology is clear: We’re not.

Perspective. In a word, that’s as close as it gets to a synonym for psychology – at least the type I practice. Many may debate, “It’s too narrow”, or, “It’s too broad.” But that’s their perspective. {Don’t you hate clever, contrived?} Here’s mine. Everything we “know” (i.e., that which we perceive via our senses or […]

Can’t we all just get along?

Nope. No matter how much we want or pray for peace; how much we want the yelling on cable news networks to cease; or how badly we want to end acts of violence taking place in our schools, we must recognize that aggressive behavior is hardwired in our DNA. We can’t “all just get along?” […]

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 […]

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