The trouble with a blog is that you keep thinking of things to write. I’ve just been reminded of a conversation I had with a journalist a few weeks ago. She asked me if politicians should be selected for their jobs in the same way as managers. And if so, what would I do? I said that amongst other things it might be an idea to check out their personality (especially when under stress), and to have a look at their self-reported values. Given the forthcoming general election, and the ongoing trouble with MPs expenses, it still seems like good advice! The ‘what am I like when I am backed into a corner’ bit of personality is particularly relevant. This is sometimes called the Dark Side and is all about what pops out of the box when you’re under stress, or maybe a touch distracted, or sometimes even when you think you’re on top form. To contemplate a senior politician at random (guess who?) the dark side picture would be of someone who is sceptical, cautious, reserved and diligent. Which doesn’t sound too bad until you realise that in excess this points to a person exhibiting paranoid, avoidant, schizoid and obsessive-compulsive behaviour! This is probably going to make this character a bit indecisive, especially about elections… Anyhow it’s all fascinating stuff, and if you want to know more here’s a great link: http://www.psychological-consultancy.com Download their ‘A Decade of the Dark Side’ report.