Miserable middle managers!

Miserable middle managers!

The graph above shows the engagement scores of more than 2600 employees across Australia. The scale on the left is average scores on an internationally validated measure of engagement – the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale, (Schaufeli et al, 2006). The higher the score...

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Are you too smart to be resilient?

Are you too smart to be resilient?

Are smarter people more or less resilient than those who are not so smart? It turns out that this is not an entirely straightforward question. Here are a couple of key points: People with high levels of cognitive ability tend to be able to cope better with a wide...

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Is 360 degree feedback just a development tool?

Is 360 degree feedback just a development tool?

As a keen fan of our national broadcaster I watched with interest the recent Four Corners episode about the turmoil surrounding the positions of MD and Chair of the Corporation. I was particularly struck by the reference to a 360 degree feedback process undertaken to...

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The secret of life is what you focus on

The secret of life is what you focus on

Ever wondered why certain people are more resilient than others? Naturally, genes have a big part to play (eg Boardman et al, 2008), but whatever your natural ability to cope, you can learn skills and approaches to improve it. One of the key skills is to take control...

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Do people who love numbers hate change?

Do people who love numbers hate change?

Later this week I am running a workshop on resistance to change and in preparation for it Azusa, our statistician, pulled some very interesting data out of our database of psych test results. The results are shown above. What this shows is that there are some very...

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Are you a “heliotropic” leader?

Are you a “heliotropic” leader?

What do you make of the field full of sunflowers above?  Yes, they’re yellow, and they’re very pretty and cheerful.  But do you notice something else about them?  They are all facing the same way.  That’s because sunflowers are...

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Is your office neat or messy?

Is your office neat or messy?

A neat office is an indicator of the personality characteristic of Organisation.  People high in this characteristic tend to go about their work in a well-planned fashion and tend to like structure.  Organisation can be an indicator of success at work...

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