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JEDI MIND TRICK: Fake It Til You Feel It

What are you doing with your body at this very moment? Are you sitting or standing? If your standing, is your weight equally distributed between your feet or are you placing the majority of your weight on a single foot? What about your arms – crossed, by your side, on your neck, or in your lap? You’ve already heard/seen the …

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NERD ALERT: What New Research Says About Using Intelligence To Predict Whether Employees Will Help and Harm Your Company

If you’re a manager of people, chances are good that you’ve hired, promoted, and fired people based on employee behaviors that were not necessarily listed on that person’s job description. Which means that you’ve made a workforce decision based on non-task performance. Admittedly, this post has a heavier emphasis on research than most of my others, but that’s because new research came …

Very Superstitious: 5 Myths, Legends, and Lies of Psychology

I’m in writing mode here at Kinetix HQ for our leadership development series. That means I’ve been securely fastened to my keyboard with a steady stream of caffeine and tunes for a while. It’s not a bad place to be, either. When it comes to caffeine, I’m pretty straightforward. Give me a nicely-sized americano and I’m happy as a clam …

Managers Want To Coach, So What’s Stopping Them?

And that’s not just based on anecdotal experience. A new study asks managers about their leadership preferences: Managers want to coach. Over on HBR’s Blog Network this morning, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman posted some results of a new study on coaching attributes and perspectives. You can take the assessment here if you’re interested. Their study compares managers’ preference more traditional, directive leadership or leading …

Over At FOT: The Tale of Kitty Clark And Some Brand Spankin’ New Research

I’m over at FOT this morning talking about the legendary tale of Kitty Clark.  Use your imagination to picture her. Long straggly, dirty blond hair, gum chewing, ripped bell bottom jeans, flannel shirts, usually bare footed, trash-talking 8th grader. Even the teachers feared her. She never went to her classes. She was always roaming the halls looking for trouble. A smoker …

YOU’VE GOT THE POWER: Your Employees Don’t Act Always Like Themselves With You

Quick question: Have you ever modified your behavior based on who you were with? Of course you have. One of the many lessons you learned as a kid was that certain situations and people call for a certain set of manners and behaviors. You learned that the way that you spoke with close friends wasn’t necessarily the same way to speak …

Extraverts May Win The Battle, But Neurotics Win The War

This week, we’re digging into the filming for the first two modules of our leadership development series. I’ve been manning our bootstrapped teleprompter so this has pretty much been my position for the last day or so: So far, most of our filming is for the first module  – Pop the Hood – covers the use of personality assessments to build …

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No, I Don’t Organize Closets For A Living… But I Like The Way You Think

A couple of weeks ago Adam Grant (who is a total research rock star in my book) wrote Why Behavioral Economics Is Cool, and I’m Not over at the Huffington Post. Here’s a snippet: “When they think of psychology, they picture Sigmund Freud lying on a couch telling them they failed a driving test because they failed to kill their fathers and sleep with …

Play on playa: The Case to ‘Hire Former Jocks’ Just Got Stronger *New Research*

Whenever someone says “hire former jocks”, there’s a divide — pro-jocks and anti-jocks. I know a lot of anti-jocks. They saw athletes that slept through classes, engaged in serial tomfoolery, and pinned the non-jocks against the lockers. They had all the glory, the girls/guys, and teachers that were willing to fudge the grades to ensure a seat during the state playoffs.  A real bunch …