New research shows the best business minds make decisions very differently than we thought. If you want to know more about the inner workings of the executive brain, try this WSJ article.
What are your chances of reaching the top of the career ladder based on your gender, age, ethnic group and more? Play the OU Boardroom Lottery challenge to find out:
The challenge was inspired by Hilary Devey’s Women at the Top BBC2 TV series.
Is ‘boringness’ the secret of great leadership? Read:
“A common phenomenon and problem in leadership practice concerns undue reliance on popular fads without sufficient consideration given to the validity of those ideas…” Click on the link below to read a very good review from Amazure Consulting for the evidence on cognitive tests, personality, situational judgement, emotional intelligence and interviews being ‘effective’ predictors of leadership ability.
There’s the usual angst in the air about: (a) the importance of effective leadership, (b) but that it seems impossible to find enough good leaders, and (c) that we don’t really know what it is anyway. Oh, and that the whole subject is at the mercy of fads and pseudo-science; and organisations believing that leadership is all about stability when it’s actually about change and risk.
Try reading this for some interesting thoughts: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hr/features/1019726/leadership-the-bland-leading-bland-time-radical
These are good, inspirational and thought-provoking videos, compiled by Timothy McGee. Take a gander:
PS: Haven’t got a ‘mantra’ yet? What have you been doing?! Click on the above!
What traits do you need to become a great leader? Is leadership ‘in the blood’ or can you train people to develop the right skills? Catch Carolyn Quinn’s new two-part BBC Radio 4 series on the Psychology of Leadership starting tonight, January 4th, at 9:00pm. Second part on January 11th, with repeats! Also available on BBC iPlayer.
Watch this video interview. The expert is Francesca Gino who is an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School.
It lasts just over 9 minutes.
If you want to read a contemporary book on business psychology that spans individual, group and organisational behaviour, which gives you an idea of how psychological thinking has developed in these areas, and brilliantly covers the options for HR and OD practitioners, Eugene McKenna’s slight little 816 page tome is the one for you: Business Psychology & Organisational Behaviour, Psychology Press (2006). Seriously, if you would like to know what it’s all about, this is a very good place to start.