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.

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 […]

What if Psychology is Real?

“What if psychology is real?” This may seem like a rhetorical question, but I note many instances where folks act as though it isn’t. For the most part, they don’t even know it – but oftentimes they do. Rational vs. Emotional Decision Making Studies show that emotions are much more influential to decision making than […]

Throw for the Catch

It’s fourth and goal. Time for one play to determine the winner of the game. You drop back to pass. One receiver’s wide open. You throw a “frozen rope” spiral — right on target. You hit the receiver so hard in the chest that there’s no way they don’t make the catch. But they don’t. And […]

3 Reasons Why Character Matters More Than Expertise

What makes anybody unique? To help answer this question, let’s conduct a little test. Think of someone you’ve known at work (or non-work) who stands out as exceptional from the rest. Got someone specific in mind? Now then, what was/is it about this person that truly made/makes them remarkable? I can just about guarantee that the […]

How psychology affects you

We are social animals living in a psychological world. This simple reality has enormous consequences for everyone, everywhere. Here I explain two really big ways regarding how psychology affects you. Implications of being Social: Human beings are not only social, but the MOST social of all animals. As such, and just like all social animals, we need to […]

Psychology at Work: Who cares?

We are social animals in a psychological world. This is true — even if you know someone who is more than a little introverted, or think that psychology is only for crazy people. This simple fact is at the crux of just about all, if not everything, we do. From teamwork and individual advancement to […]

Birds of a feather? vs. Opposites attract? Attraction in selection

It’s fairly common to get this question when reviewing feedback from a personality inventory with a group. Many times people’s minds go to the effects of attraction in selection — but not always at work. It goes something like this: When it comes to personality types, which of the following is more true, “Birds of a […]

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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