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The Science of People at Work

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    “Change can generate deep resistance in people and in organizations, thus making it difficult, if not impossible, to implement organizational improvements.” —Thomas Cummings & Christopher Worley Oreg, Vakola, and Armenakis (2011), in their 60-year review of quantitative studies involving change recipients’ reactions to organizational change, discovered that recipients’ reactions to organizational change involve cognitive (what … Continue reading Reasons Why People Resist or Support Organizational Change

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    I was contacted by a freelance writer working on a blog post for the project management platform, Wrike, for my thoughts about how you manage a team that keeps growing. Question: What are some notable differences between leaders of small teams (let’s say 10 people and under) and leaders of large teams (100 people and over)? … Continue reading How To Manage A Team That Keeps Growing

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    Introducing DiscAssessmentCoach.Net I am very excited to introduce to you DiscAssessmentCoach.Net, the official e-commerce site for WorkplacePsychology.Net. Workplace Behaviors and Assessment Thanks to the popularity of WorkplacePsychology.Net, I receive a fair amount of questions from reporters and the public about workplace behaviors, specifically, in dealing with difficult people or situations at work. Everyone wants to know … Continue reading Introducing DiscAssessmentCoach.Net

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  • 04/03/17--15:15: Hire Conscientious People
  • I found, at Half Price Books, a great little gem of a book (and for only a few dollars!) titled, The Truth About Managing People by Stephen P. Robbins. In it, professor Robbins shared a very useful and applicable tip when hiring people: When in doubt, hire conscientious people! The APA Dictionary of Psychology (VandenBos, … Continue reading Hire Conscientious People

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    NOTE: For this book review, I intentionally and excessively quoted the author throughout the post. I do this for two reasons: (1) I prefer to have the author’s words speak for themselves rather than me interpreting, generalizing, or inadvertently misinterpreting the intent, and (2) It helps you, the readers, see the quality of the author’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Power of Positive Leadership

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    In their book, 100 Things You Need to Know: Best People Practices for Managers & HR (2004), Eichinger, Lombardo, and Ulrich — three internationally-recognized experts in human capital management — shared that, in general, managers are “very poor at coaching and developing their people” (p. 470). This may come as a shock to some, but … Continue reading Managers Are Not Good at Coaching and Developing Their People

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    “The notion that there are only a few great people who can lead others to greatness is just plain wrong. Likewise, it is wrong to suggest that leaders come only from large, or small, or already great, or new organizations, or from established economies, or from certain industries, functions, or disciplines. The truth is leadership … Continue reading Book Review: The Leadership Challenge, 6th Edition

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    I was asked by a writer for my thoughts about physical workspaces (e.g., open office layout, green landscapes, expansive views, etc.) and whether or not they impact creativity. Here’s my response (additional comments have been added): Creativity can be defined as coming up with new and useful ideas (Amabile, 1998). Professor Teresa Amabile (2012) developed … Continue reading Does The Physical Workspace Have An Impact On Creativity?

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    Awaken, Align, Accelerate (2011) is a leadership development and coaching guide from MDA Leadership Consulting. The book harnesses “the art and science of developing leaders into a unique collection of self-assessments, development suggestions, case studies, sample leadership development plans, coaching recommendations, and cross-cultural coaching tips” (Nelson & Ortmeier, 2011, p. 1). MDA Leadership’s Awaken, Align, … Continue reading Book Review: Awaken, Align, Accelerate by MDA Leadership

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    Servant Leadership in Action is a collection of 42 essays (ranging from 2.5 pages to 8 pages) from servant leadership experts and practitioners, co-edited by Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell. The book is organized into six parts. Part One, “Fundamentals of Servant Leadership,” describes basic aspects of servant leadership. Part Two, “Elements of Servant Leadership,” … Continue reading Book Review – Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results

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    Business coaching is enhancing a client’s (person in a business) awareness and behavior in order to achieve business objectives for both client and organization (WABC, Business Coaching Definition). In my quest for a capable business coaching model (business coaching includes leadership coaching and executive coaching), I have spent several years looking at many coaching models. … Continue reading The G.R.O.W. Model In Business Coaching – Simple, Concise, and Powerful

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    Many of us miss a key point about the importance of followership. Indeed, most people hold a negative view of followership (Kelley, 2008). They can’t imagine anything good or positive that might come from the role of a follower. However, conversations about leadership must include followership “because leaders neither exist nor act in a vacuum … Continue reading Why Organizations Need More Star Followers and Less Yes People

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    NOTE: For this book review, I intentionally and excessively quoted the authors throughout the post. I do this for two reasons: (1) I prefer to have the authors’ words speak for themselves rather than me interpreting, generalizing, or inadvertently misinterpreting their intent, and (2) It helps you, the readers, see the quality of the authors’ … Continue reading Book Review: Straight Talk for Startups by Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman

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