Reputation Affects Women’s Promotion, Earnings

Men gain greater reputation and job performance benefits from professional connections than women with equivalent or better education and job skills, according to INSEAD’s Lily Fang and Sterling Huang of Singapore Management University Fang and Huang examined U.S. equity analysts’ alumni connections with senior officers and board members of up to eight companies, using an approach […]

Defining Elusive Elements of “Executive Presence”

Communication, “Gravitas”, and Appearance were most-frequently cited attributes of Executive Presence in a study by Sylvia Ann Hewlett of the Center for Talent Innovation. Interviews with 34 professionals, conducted by Perspex Consulting’s Gavin Dagley and Cadeyrn J. Gaskin, formerly of Deakin University, identified more elements than Hewitt’s proposed triad of qualities. Most executives described as having “presence” were […]

Developing “Big 8” Job Competencies

Better job performance is associated with eight capabilities known as “The Big 8”, according to Korn-Ferry International’s George Hallenbeck, in the Leadership Architect® Library of Competencies: • Dealing with Ambiguity, • Creativity, • Innovation Management, • Strategic Agility, • Planning, • Motivating Others, • Building Effective Teams, • Managing Vision & Purpose. He analyzed more than 1500 ratings […]

Evidence-Based Coaching

Coaching is an investment of attention, time, and energy that helps you:  Increase self-awareness and confidence, Update your mindsets, Design the life you want, Refine your communication skills, Navigate organizational politics, Think clearly, independently, courageously, Care for yourself as well as you care for others, Build and sustain interpersonal relationships Achieve personal and organizational goals, […]

Debiasing Decisions: Combat Confirmation Bias, Overconfidence Bias

Cognitive and behavioral biases can contribute to “blind spots” in decision-making, leading to less effective outcomes. To improve decision outcomes, University of Marburg ’s Philip Meißner, Torsten Wulf of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and HEC’s Olivier Sibony proposed a systematic checklist to identify potential decision derailment based on bias, along with rapid remedies. They argues […]

Reinventing Performance Management to Reduce Bias: Strengths, Future Focus, Frequent Feedback

Most performance management systems set goals at the beginning of the year and determine variable compensation by rating accomplishment of those objectives. These evaluations typically are considered in lengthy “consensus meetings” in which managers discuss the performance of hundreds of people in relation to their peers – sometimes called “stack ranking,” or more cynically “rank-and-yank.” […]

Your Brain in Court: Cognitive Privacy, US Constitution and Neuroimaging

Neuroimaging techniques, like fMRI, present constitutional dilemmas for criminal law and criminal procedure, according to University of Maryland‘s Amanda Pustilnik. These technologies raise questions about “cognitive privacy” in relation to “compelled, self-incriminating speech” under the United States Constitution’s Fifth Amendment and “unreasonable search and seizure” under the Fourth Amendment. Neuroimagery technologies can measure brain blood […]

Word of Mouth, Social Media Expand Silicon Valley Networking with a Purpose

A professional development collaboration among Cisco, Citrix, eBay, EMC, Ericsson, Intel, Oracle, and other Silicon Valley technology companies using the IEEE model of “Birds of A Feather” discussion topics was introduced in a previous blog post. Anna Van Rijswijk, formerly of Cisco, developed this program based on survey data indicating that unstructured professional networking can feel […]

Natural Environments Enhance “Vitality” and Reduce Stress

Vigor, enthusiasm, positive emotions, and calm energy are characteristics of “vitality,” and have been associated with improved health outcomes and stress management. The subjective experience of “vitality” can be increased being outside, particularly in a natural environment, according to  by University of Rochester’s Richard Ryan and Louis Mistretta , Netta Weinstein, now of University of […]

Interpersonal Envy in Competitive Organizations and the “Search Inside Yourself” (SIY) Antidote

Workplace envy is rarely discussed, although it is a logical outcome of competition for scarce resources:  Recognition, advancement, power, reputation, compensation in explicit or implicit organizational “tournaments.” National University of Singapore’s Jayanth Narayanan, Kenneth Tai, and Daniel McAllister broached the near-taboo of workplace envy as an inevitable outgrowth of social comparison and related “cognitive dissonance” […]