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 […]

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 […]

Why you’re not getting promoted

Most can identify with the feeling of discontent when others seem to be getting promoted for less apparent reason than your promotion would justify. It’s natural – we want to win and a big piece of winning in organizations is getting promoted. It probably comes as no consolation to learn that there are many factors […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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