Nature or Nurture or Choice, which is more important?

Nature or Nurture or Choice, which is more important? If we are to be a leader, we need to explore ideas of motivation, and ask questions about who we are. Are we predetermined by our nature and cannot possibly change who we are? Or are we solely the product of the society and the environment in which we grew up? How can we apply what we learn to our management and leadership roles? Who we are is one of the oldest debates in our society. Nature refers to our innate or inborn qualities, and nurture refers to personal experiences or learned behaviors. There have been many great scientists and philosophers that argued firmly for dominance of one or the other, but the latest studies find that

Are Pre-Employment Personality Tests Really Effective?

Are Pre-Employment Personality Tests Really Effective? Pre-hiring personality tests have been used for many years, but since the 1990’s, their use has steadily increased, as much as 20% annually. Hiring managers are relying more and more often on personality assessment tests to help fill vacant positions. According to the Wall Street Journal, 8 out of 10 major companies are using assessment tests during the hiring process. In recent years, the low cost and high speed of computer testing has made them more popular than ever. But how effective are personality tests in the hiring process? From 4-Quadrant personality sorting, to the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, there many tests available to

Not an Introvert, Not an Extrovert? You May Be An Ambivert

Not an Introvert, Not an Extrovert? You May Be An Ambivert Sometimes social, sometimes solitary, ambiverts often make good sales people Psychologists studying personality have long looked at the extreme traits of extroverts and introverts. Now they are focusing on the ambiverts in the middle. By ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN Updated July 27, 2015 5:07 p.m. ET Emeroy Bernardo enjoys spending time alone, meditating, exercising and working. When he goes out for dinner or drinks with friends, he sometimes quietly observes people’s facial expressions and body language. Often when he’s shopping or running errands, he ignores people he knows—pretending he doesn’t see them—to avoid small talk. Still, the 27-y

3 TRAITS OF GREAT BOSSES (AND HOW TO PICK ONE)

3 TRAITS OF GREAT BOSSES (AND HOW TO PICK ONE) WHO YOU WORK FOR MATTERS JUST AS MUCH AS WHERE YOU WORK. HERE'S HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOSS. BY MICHELLE LAM One of the biggest fallacies jobseekers hold dear is that their careers in a new company will follow a straightforward program of work > evaluate performance > rinse > repeat. Once they're hired, though, it hardly ever does. There's one factor few job candidates weigh closely enough but has arguably the biggest impact on how they'll progress in a new organization—their boss. That person won't just shape your experience at this company, they may well influence the rest of your career. 1. YOUR BOSS IS YOUR CHAMPION After I joined Bain Capi

The Top 4 Leadership Skills You Should Be Working on Now

The business world is extremely competitive, and the most successful companies always have the strongest leaders. Team players look to their leaders for inspiration, guidance, and direction. Leadership training and personal leadership development can maximize productivity, and steer the company towards success. Without effective leadership, organizations fail to thrive, lose their way, and profits plummet. Nothing is more vital to a successful business than solid leaders. Strong leadership is equally important to large and small companies, where it provides the stability and vision necessary to keep everything on the right track. All business ventures need a decisive leader to set the team i

THE 4 WAYS CEOS ACCIDENTALLY MESS UP COMPANY CULTURE

MOST CEOS TRY TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE EMPLOYEES CAN THRIVE, BUT SOMETIMES THEY FAIL. HERE'S WHAT TO AVOID. BY BARRY S. SALTZMAN It's no secret that CEOs have a massive impact on company culture. They set a tone to reflect the values and convictions of the organizations they lead. But sometimes CEOs take that impulse too far and wind up unintentionally throwing their companies' culture off kilter. Here are the four most common ways that can happen. 1. THEY MICROMANAGE Most CEOs like to make sure everything is just right, but they're very busy people with a lot on their plates. Often without meaning to, some CEOs turn to micromanaging their employees, making managers' working lives a ni

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