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How Personality Shapes Our Abilities

Let’s start with a gross simplification! Generally, when employers use tests as part of the hiring process they are assessing two broad categories of attributes. These attributes are related to what’s called “maximum” and “typical” work performance. … read more

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Team Psychology: Why Managers Should Encourage Silly Questions

In some way or other we’re all part of a team. However, in a work context teams often just happen. They also evolve over time: people join, people leave, and occasionally someone will get the team together and try to “build” it into something better. … read more

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Personality Unleashed: The Manager’s Return to Work

Over the last few months many have been continuing to do their jobs, but doing them from home. This has been a nightmare for some but a revelation for others. Now of course we’re entering a time when the workplace is coming back: a welcome return to “normality” for all those who’ve been having sleepless nights. … read more

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Back-to-work: Who’s in control?

We humans like to feel we’re in the driving seat. It’s a basic psychological need, and when we don’t believe we have Autonomy, we end up stressed. We also suffer if we don’t have a strong sense of Belonging: the sensation of being connected, and of feeling valued and supported. Finally, we feel uneasy if we can’t demonstrate our Competence. We enjoy the warm glow that comes from using our particular talents to get stuff done. … read more

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Remember the One-to-ones: Remote Workers Need Support Too!

Exceptional managers guide and support their team wherever they are. They have a ‘coaching mindset’ aimed, laser-like, at helping people to feel included. This means helping people to feel heard and valued. However, this depends on building deep and genuine connections. … read more

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