Dr Mark’s Business Psychology Blog – Google #1

December 16, 2011

Many thanks to all the readers of my blog. It is now ranked as the #1 ‘Business Psychology Blog’ by Google!

Google job mania

February 4, 2011

You think you’ve got problems! Google recently received 75,000 job applications in a single week. OK, they reckon to have 6000 vacancies coming up, but that’s still heck of a number. Why the recruitment drive? They’ve decided to take on both Facebook and Apple. Not sure who my money would be on, but I’m surprised they didn’t apply their considerable brain power to designing a better recruitment process. This one was surely crying out for rigorous ‘self-selection’, right at the start.

Check out this Bloomberg article.

Heard it all before?

January 16, 2011

Do you ever get the feeling the same old management ideas just keep coming round again, possibly with a different name? Or that we’ve just got used to a regular turn over in euphemisms? You could be right! One way of finding out is to use something like Googlelabs Ngram Viewer. This is based on all those books that Google has been busy scanning into their great virtual library. One thing you can do with it is to look for trends in the use of particular words, or pairs of words, over time. For example, those dear old euphuisms for making people redundant: ‘downsizing’ and ‘rightsizing’. Pop them into the Ngram viewer and what do you get? ‘Downsizing’ appears in about 1980, ‘rightsizing’ in the more PC, late 1990s. Now you know what it can do, enjoy!

PS: The use of the word ‘enjoy’, in all its manifestations, has been relatively stable over the last 100 years.

The Monty Hall problem

July 28, 2010

I seem to have started something with all this talk of probability, risk and such (see my previous Aardvark post), and a number of people have asked me for another counter-intuitive probability puzzle. Well perhaps the most baffling is the Monty Hall problem. This is based on a game show where a contestant is faced with three doors. Behind two of the doors are goats; behind the third is a car – the star prize. The contestant is asked to pick a door, but before it’s opened, the host, who knows what is behind each of the doors, opens one of the other doors to reveal a goat. The contestant is then asked if they want to change their mind about the door they want to open. What’s the best thing to do? Most people reason that since it’s now down to two doors, which looks like a 50% chance of winning the car (after-all, it must be behind one of the doors), there’s no point in changing. Wrong! Changing actually increases your chance of winning to 66.6%. Why? Have a good think about it and when you want to know the answer just search for the Monty Hall problem on Google… the whole thing has become strangely controversial!

Internet psychology

March 23, 2010

Apart from the joy of talking about interesting stuff this blog is also an experiment. I’m curious to know how and why blogs become popular, and the way in which they are interpreted and ranked by Google. My main site already features in the Google Top 10 for ‘business psychologist’, and that’s without a blog. So what could it add? Incidentally if you want to learn about the inner workings of rankings and ‘internet psychology’ take a look at Graham Jones’ highly informative site: http://www.grahamjones.co.uk


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