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JULY 2016

JULY 2016

The High (and Often Hidden) Costs of Project Team Dysfunction

What are the reasons and costs of team dysfunction? Due to the varied interests and perspectives of different members, team dysfunction may always exist to some extent. However, how can we identify dysfunction to minimise the negative impact it can cause? Read on to find out more…


How to Participate in Your Employee’s Coaching

While the success of an executive coaching program is primarily determined by the synergy between the coach and the coachee, the actions of the coachee’s manager, particularly at the start of the coaching engagement, can often make or break the entire process. How can managers participate effectively in their employees’ coaching?


The CEO of Whole Foods says He Never Hires People Who Display This Personality Trait

What is the one personality trait that won’t get you hired at Whole Foods, according to the co-CEO, Walter Robbs?


The Right—and Wrong—Ways to Give Employees Kudos

A company’s productivity can be improved by recognizing some employees’ hard work. How can employers best give credit to employees? Recognition should be provided with some level of exclusivity and an element of surprise. Employers should also be aware that not all employees desire money as a reward. Furthermore, as employees can now satisfy their need for praise via “likes” on Facebook, employers will have to compete with social media to make their kudos meaningful.


Brian Little: Who Are You, Really? The Puzzle of Personality

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What to Say When The Hiring Manager Asks, 'If You Were An Animal, What Would You Be?'

We have at least once in our lifetime been thrown this question. How would we interpret an answer like...i don't want to be animal!


The Psychological Tricks Behind Pokemon Go's Success

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A Portrait of the Overperforming Salesperson

What are some of the defining characteristics of top sales professionals? When compared to their peers, high performers stood out in terms of their focus, career orientation, personal attributes, customer interaction strategy, attitude and perception. Read on to find out more.


How to Develop a Psychology of Resilience

Studies have shown that pessimists can be more accurate as they view things in a realistic manner. On the other hand, optimists are the ones who succeed more, because they are willing to try things that hold pessimists back. Does this mean that pessimists need to fake optimism in order to succeed? Not necessary, because the key to success lies in developing one’s resilience, as shared by motivational speaker Tony Robbins.


Just made a bad decision? Perhaps anxiety is to blame

Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered the specific brain mechanism for how anxiety can affect our decisions. Specifically, they found that anxiety disengages the prefrontal cortex, an important brain region for flexible decision making. This reinforces the idea that emotions drive our decision making, and in particular, anxiety can lead to bad decisions.

Shazam for the soul - can computers assess us better than humans?

How accurate do you think a computer is able to judge your personality? If you are a recruiter, will you trust a computer to conduct interviews on your behalf? While the use of technology is predicted to gain momentum in personality profiling, it seems that we still prefer to use our own intuition and experience to evaluate others, even though our susceptibility to prejudice may often result in a less objective interpretation.


24 signs you’re a good boss — even if it doesn’t feel like it

A good boss is everything but bossiness....


The Secret To Fixing The Bad Habits You May Not Know You Have

While we would like to view ourselves as self-aware individuals, the truth is, others are often quicker to recognise our faults that we overlook. Therefore, to fix our bad habits, a good way to start is by gathering constructive feedback from others, but one needs to want to change as well. How can we make the process of breaking bad habits an effective one?