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Sorry I’m Late!

Showing up late to a meeting damages your interpersonal relationships. The later you are, the more damage you’ve caused. The more “controllable” your excuse, the more damage you’ve caused. (In other words, people are less upset if your car broke…


Superhero Syndrome

“I’ll just do it myself.” ✦ “No thanks, I better handle this one.” ✦ “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” ✦ “I can’t trust anyone else with this.” The belief that we should be able to do…


New Chair

Julia Fullick-Jagiela–who earned both her Master’s and her Ph.D. in IO Psych from the University of Central Florida–has just been named Chair of the Management Department at Quinnipiac University. Well done, Dr. Fullick-Jagiela! Read the article here.


Who Needs a Needs Analysis Anyway?

When I teach my students about training, I stress the importance of needs analysis–the method by which trainers address skill gaps at the individual, group, and organizational level. Most training professionals would love to do more needs analysis, but they…


From the Projects to a Doctoral Degree

Do what you feel called to do. Be patient. Work smart. Be reminded that limitations are self- imposed. A profile of I/O psychologist Preston Vernard L. Lindsay in Black Enterprise.


What Jobs Do We Care About Anyway?

Geoffrey Owens was once a supporting actor on The Cosby Show. Now he’s a cashier at Trader Joe’s. Is this an enormous fall from grace or just part of a natural career arc? Either way, I’m shocked at how some…


Another Defense of the MBTI

One can find fault with the MBTI, and no doubt with many personality-assessment mechanisms. But there is no escaping types. We freely diagnose people all the time—as extroverts or narcissists, as “on the spectrum” or (for example) “a little O.C.D.”…


Step Right Up!

Can you guess which social science experiments replicated successfully and which did not – just from reading a brief description of their results? Depending on how long you want to play, we’ll describe 10, 15 or 21 recent findings published in…


Is it Time to Bring Data to Managing?

Colquitt kept arguing. No dice. After a couple of years, exhausted and ready for a career shift anyway, he gave up…“I was pretty outraged by it all,” he says today. “What we do in organizations has very little relationship to…


Well Done!

“With the company for just three years, Lam, who has a doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology, “has moved the organization from a ‘pencil and paper,’ ‘command and control’ culture to one that supports open communication and the development of all employees.”…