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“Corporate Culture” is local

“Corporate Culture” is local

Engagement is a psychological characteristic which is well worth pursuing. When people are highly engaged they are more productive, happier, do better quality work and tend to remain with your organisation (eg Harter, Schmidt, Hayes, 2002). But what causes people to...

Are you too detail minded to be a CEO?

Are you too detail minded to be a CEO?

Above is a diagram of the HEXACO or six factor model of personality, as discovered by Lee and Ashton in the early 2000’s. We have the personality records of many thousands of people who have completed the HEXACO, and I personally do many debriefs on the psychological...

Women are markedly more tolerant than men

Women are markedly more tolerant than men

The graphic above is one of the findings of a major research study SACS undertook in partnership with the Scanlon Foundation, an NFP dedicated to advancement of the cause of inclusion.  We measured a range of characteristics of a very large sample of people (just...

How coffee can make you go cold on a job candidate

How coffee can make you go cold on a job candidate

This is an intriguing finding from the world of “priming”. Priming has a big impact on how we respond to other people – what we think of them and whether we like them. Solomon Asch (Williams and Bargh 2008) discovered some time ago that if we experience physical...

Stop talking about culture change!

Stop talking about culture change!

When people don’t like the way things are going at work they quite often start to say “We need to change our culture.” This is a very big mistake, for the following reasons: Telling your employees that they need to change their culture is an insult,...

Why are some people more resilient than others?

Why are some people more resilient than others?

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be more naturally resilient than others? If you’ve known someone a long time you will have formed a view about how well they cope when things get tough. Research has demonstrated that there are two dominant personality...