Ten Ways Smart People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. If you follow my work, you’ve read some startling research summaries that explore the havoc stress can wreak on one’s physical and mental health (such as the Yale study, which found that prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control). The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary e

Working with People Who Aren’t Self-Aware

Even though self-awareness — knowing who we are and how we’re seen — is important for job performance, career success, and leadership effectiveness, it’s in remarkably short supply in today’s workplace. In our nearly five-year research program on the subject, we’ve discovered that although 95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to 15% actually are. At the office, we don’t have to look far to find unaware colleagues — people who, despite past successes, solid qualifications, or irrefutable intelligence, display a complete lack of insight into how they are coming across. In a survey we conducted with 467 working adults in the U.S. across several industries, 99% reported working with a

Matching Candidates and job roles based on Psychometric Tests

Nowadays all big MNCs have started using the psychometric test as a part of the talent acquisition process. These tests are specially designed using the scientific method to measure the attitude, personality, knowledge and the cognitive capability of an individual. They help to match candidates' personality and cognitive abilities with the role-based requirements; to measure the candidates’ suitability for the job role. Psychometric test results provide the employer with the information which is used to identify the hidden traits of a candidate that is hard to extract in a personal interview. They can predict the candidates’ performance and are very reliable. The Psychometric tests are condu

How to Figure Out if Conflict is Due to Personality...or Something Else

Category: Personality At Work Every workplace suffers conflict; it's unavoidable. And this being a personality blog, we spend a lot of time blaming it on personality clashes. It's comforting to think that all we have to do to stop conflict is take a personality test, recognize each other's quirks and foibles, and make sure certain people never work together. Analyzed through the personality lens, workplace conflict doesn't seem like a big deal at all. Yet, conflict is still playing out, in tens of thousands of workplaces up and down the country, every single day. And it's happening between people who manage to get along just fine with their friends, family members, neighbors and community gr

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