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  • Five Reasons Many Workforce Planning Efforts Fail
    In our consulting activities we are noticing a significant upturn in enquiries for workforce planning related projects. The world is being disrupted and people are responding by deciding to take the future of their workforces into their own hands. Most organisations simply allow their workforces to evolve and workforce planning is a big improvement on READ MORE The post Five Reasons Many Workforce...
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  • Even mothers like extraverts more
    I recently came across a very interesting study about mothers’ ideas of the ideal child. They were asked to identify the characteristics they most hoped to see in their children as they grew up. The results were very interesting: Over 50% of the mothers wanted their children to grow up to be extraverts – active, READ MORE The post Even mothers like extraverts more appeared first on SACS Consulting...
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  • Does Blind Recruitment Really Work?
    A powerful recent trend in recruitment practice is that of “blind recruitment”. In blind recruitment people deidentify recruitment communication from candidates such as covering emails and resumes through removing information such as people’s names or any reference to gender or ethnicity. This has been trialled across the federal public service as well as commercial organisations READ MORE The pos...
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  • Feeling sad or stressed? Do something generous.
    This is another tip from the world of resilience research. If ever you find yourself feeling sad, stressed or perhaps even oppressed a good way of tackling these feelings is to undertake “random acts of kindness”, even to total strangers. It is very natural when the weight of the world is on our shoulders to READ MORE The post Feeling sad or stressed? Do something generous. appeared first on SACS ...
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  • Are you grateful or frustrated?
    The secret of life is what you focus on.  It is amazing how many outcomes in a person’s life are affected by where they direct their attention.  In every event we encounter we can direct our attention to:   Emotions or outcomes Past or future Negativity or positivity Frustrations or blessings Just to mention a READ MORE The post Are you grateful or frustrated? appeared first on SACS Consulting.
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  • Sometimes leaders need to be inauthentic
    Much has been made in recent times of the Authentic Leadership trend.  The first time I heard the term it raised an interesting question. What if you are authentically a bad person? Calm down, lovers of authentic leadership, I know that some strands of the authentic leadership movement focus on appointing ethical, honest people to READ MORE The post Sometimes leaders need to be inauthentic appeare...
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  • If you hire neurotics make sure that they are conscientious
    If you are interested, our free 2 hour session on “Have you hired a Psychopath lately” is running shortly, click here to register. One of the ways in which people’s personalities differ from one another is the dimension of Emotionality, sometimes referred to as Neuroticism. Everyone on earth is somewhere on a continuum from highly READ MORE The post If you hire neurotics make sure that they are co...
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  • Bad moods can be good for you
    I saw a fascinating article recently in http://theconversation.com/au dealing with the benefits of negative emotions such as sadness.  If bad moods become too severe or persistent then they can represent clinical issues such as depression, but a little emotional discomfort now and then can help you. Forgas (eg. 2001) and others have researched the effect READ MORE The post Bad moods can be good fo...
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  • Why are some people more resilient?
    Have you ever noticed that some people seem to cope better with negative experiences – to bounce back?  Resilience, like most things in life, has a genetic component and an acquired component.  Personality is heavily genetically determined and is a good predictor of how likely a person is to be resilient and cope well with READ MORE The post Why are some people more resilient? appeared first on SA...
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  • If You Want to Make Change Happen Don’t Call It “Change”
    Our Change Management Masterclass is running this Friday. It’s pretty full but there may be a spot or two left if you are interested – email here. One of the key messages I give in this program is the neurological impact of certain terminology during the change process. For instance, talking about “change” causes an READ MORE The post If You Want to Make Change Happen Don’t Call It “Change” appear...
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  • Toxic Employees
    I was surprised by the depth of response to a new workshop we created, focussing on toxic employees.  What we discovered by this response is that a very significant number of people have encountered toxic behaviour in colleagues, leaders or subordinates. This workshop (which we will need to rerun, given the response) focussed on the READ MORE The post Toxic Employees appeared first on SACS Consult...
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  • Does your personality drive your values?
    One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is our research partnership with Deakin University.  SACS has co-ventured with Deakin on a range of research projects associated with values, personality, engagement, leader behaviours and work outcomes such as good and bad behaviours of employees. A couple of weeks ago we received the great news READ MORE The post Does your personality drive your values? ...
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  • Employees acting kindly – Organisational citizenship behaviours
    Do your employees ever do things that they don’t have to do to keep their jobs? Do they ever act with kindness and generosity towards colleagues even though doing so does not seem to give them any personal advantage? Do they ever help the organisation beyond what might practically be expected for their job? If READ MORE The post Employees acting kindly – Organisational citizenship behaviours appea...
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  • Want engaged employees? Here is the key leadership driver
    SACS partnered recently with Deakin Uni on a major study into staff engagement.  More than 2700 people from an extremely wide range of industries participated in the study.  One of the things we looked at was leader behaviours.  We found 10 categories of these behaviours which drove levels of engagement in staff. The leader behaviour READ MORE The post Want engaged employees? Here is the key lead...
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  • Is your office neat or messy?
    A neat office is an indicator of the personality characteristic of Organisation.  People high in this characteristic tend to go about their work in a well-planned fashion and tend to like structure.  Organisation can be an indicator of success at work – particularly work which has a lot of detail or strategy in it. When READ MORE The post Is your office neat or messy? appeared first on SACS Consul...
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  • How gullible are you?
    I saw an interesting article on the ABC website recently talking about April fool’s day and how people seem to vary in their degree of gullibility. They mention the work of Stephen Greenspan, who wrote a book called the Annals of Gullibility (2008). In his book, Greenspan suggests a range of potential causes for gullibility READ MORE The post How gullible are you? appeared first on SACS Consulting...
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  • The generosity of highly engaged employees
    Here is a diagram which is a summary of some research we undertook into engagement a couple of years ago. We mapped the levels of engagement of in excess of 2000 people across Australia and in a range of different jobs and industries. We discovered that we had personality and values profiles for in excess READ MORE The post The generosity of highly engaged employees appeared first on SACS Consulti...
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  • Measurement of racism and sexism
    Are you worried about the prospect of hiring employees who have racist or sexist attitudes?  You should be – there is much evidence that people with these attitudes act badly towards the people they do not respect.  These attitudes are extremely difficult to uncover during interviews, and reference checks tend not to reveal the person’s READ MORE The post Measurement of racism and sexism appeared ...
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  • My “heart attack”
    Friday the 13th of January turned out to be an eventful day for me.  I had come back from leave about a week earlier and my wife Suzy was still in Spain.  I had not felt well that day, but after a meeting in Docklands I began to feel seriously ill.  I was very faint READ MORE The post My “heart attack” appeared first on SACS Consulting.
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  • Are you comfortable with office parties?
    How comfortable are you with office parties? To find out if your next hire is an introvert or extrovert, click here. Andrew Marty Managing Director SACS Did you know you can subscribe to the SACS blog? Head over to our Blog page and enter your email address to be kept up to date! * Source: http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/a20683 The post Are you comfortable with office parties? appeared first on ...
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  • How coffee can make you go cold on a job candidate
    This is an intriguing finding from the world of “priming”.  Priming has a big impact on how we respond to other people – what we think of them and whether we like them. Solomon Asch (Williams and Bargh 2008) discovered that if we experience physical warmth just before meeting someone we are likely to regard READ MORE The post How coffee can make you go cold on a job candidate appeared first on SAC...
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  • Turn to the person next to you, look into their eyes, and..
    I’m sure you’ve experienced this exercise at a conference.  You know what comes next: Introduce yourself to them… Tell them what you think of them… Ask them why they came, etc. The reason that these exercises are so common is that conference organisers are virtually always extraverts, and they love this kind of thing.  This READ MORE The post Turn to the person next to you, look into their eyes, a...
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  • Is this what’s wrong with the IT sector?
    Due to the growth of SACS online business, I have had to hire three senior IT professionals over the last 18 months. At SACS, the recruitment sequence of events is as follows:   Advertise Review CVs Psych test Interview This is highly effective for us because we do not waste time interviewing people who do READ MORE The post Is this what’s wrong with the IT sector? appeared first on SACS Consultin...
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  • Four leadership behaviours to drive change
    All leaders are in the change management business.  Whenever you seek to improve things you bring about change.  Human beings are often accused of being change resistant, but I refute this.  Human beings took over the world and survived the ice age.  How could they do this if they were change resistant? We live happily READ MORE The post Four leadership behaviours to drive change appeared first on...
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  • Emotional Intelligence – Open Mind, Open Heart, Open Will
    I recently had a meeting with the charismatic Chief Executive of South Gippsland Shire Council – Tim Tamlin.  We were discussing the topic of effective relationships with people, especially when they are upset, and he gave me a description of a technique which he has found particularly useful. The technique is the work of Otto READ MORE The post Emotional Intelligence – Open Mind, Open Heart, Open...
  • Violence and genes
    Melbourne is reeling from a tragedy at the moment.  Once more we have the case of an offender who has committed a large scale crime.  This time the weapon was a car and it resulted in multiple victim’s deaths and injuries. Once more there will be soul searching and recriminations about whether previous offending was READ MORE The post Violence and genes appeared first on SACS Consulting.
  • Low IQ politics makes perfect sense
      I read an article recently which introduced me to a new phrase – Low IQ Politics. I had not heard this before, but it makes perfect sense. Some key elements of low IQ politics are beliefs such as: A particular ethnic minority is responsible for the majority of our problems Stories about the sufferings READ MORE The post Low IQ politics makes perfect sense appeared first on SACS Consulting.
  • Losing Resilience in the Clickbait Era
      Have you ever noticed how emotional social media posts are? Here is a selection of words and phrases I found in a range of recent tweets and other posts: It makes me mad that… This is so irritating… It’s offensive to say… X is obviously very selfish… Much has been written in recent times READ MORE The post Losing Resilience in the Clickbait Era appeared first on SACS Consulting.
  • What’s the link between intelligence and violent behaviour?
    The criminologist Brie Diamond from the University of Texas at Dallas made a very interesting discovery about prisoners in jail (Diamond, B. et al, 2012).  She got hold of data about the intelligence of a large sample of prisoners in the US prison system.  She identified cell blocks as high IQ, Medium IQ and Low READ MORE The post What’s the link between intelligence and violent behaviour? appeare...
  • I have some feedback for you…
    People hate feedback, and it is an extremely ineffective method of causing people to change.  Think I’m joking?  Go up to someone and utter the words in the title above – “I have some feedback for you.” Watch their non-verbals.  Typically you will get a deep look of concern.  The person will be looking at READ MORE The post I have some feedback for you… appeared first on SACS Consulting.
  • Does your personality determine how you vote?
    It turns out that your personality does have a big impact on voting behaviour.  A number of studies have shown that you can predict a person’s voting behaviour with a significant degree of accuracy if you know their personality makeup (Gerber et al, 2011). One personality factor which seems to have an impact is that READ MORE The post Does your personality determine how you vote? appeared first on...
  • CEO bonuses for engagement survey results?
    There has been much coverage in the media recently dealing with the issue of CEO bonuses and whether they should be tied to the wellbeing of the workforce the CEO is responsible for. In general the criteria for a sound incentive scheme are: The person should be able to influence the outcome The outcome should READ MORE The post CEO bonuses for engagement survey results? appeared first on SACS Cons...
  • Why we need more deviants at work
    Whenever we hear the term “deviance” we immediately think of people doing the wrong thing – counterproductive work behaviours, as they are known in psychology research.  This is understandable, because bad behaviours have a massive effect on people’s wellbeing and organisation outcomes such as productivity. But what about the other side of deviance – positive READ MORE The post Why we need more de...
  • Could your name be holding your career back?
    Back when I was a psychology student I was told of a fascinating study. Researchers got hold of an essay written by a primary school student. They asked a couple of hundred teachers to mark the essay and ensured that all the teachers were sent exactly the same essay. The only thing that they changed READ MORE The post Could your name be holding your career back? appeared first on SACS Consulting.
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  • Do you have a good personality?
    Is there such a thing as a good personality?  For most purposes when someone says that a person has a good personality it means that they like them.  For employment purposes there is such a thing as an ideal personality.  Here’s how it looks: Highly conscientious – hardworking and committed. Emotionally stable – tends not READ MORE The post Do you have a good personality? appeared first on SACS Co...
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  • Here are the two most powerful drivers of staff engagement
    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our research project with Deakin Uni, where we measured the levels of engagement of 2700+ employees across Australia.  I explained that the number one driver of engagement was the degree to which leaders encouraged staff to make their own decisions.  Click here to see that post. We READ MORE The post Here are the two most powerful drivers of staff engagement app...

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