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Last month’s research briefings

Last month

Last month we sent the following research briefings to our members: Does entrepreneurial leadership impact organisational decision-making and performance? Does training managers in how to improve the health and well-being of employees make any difference? What factors lead to people to leave organisations when they have been excluded or ostracised How important is the idea […]

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Research quality – not all research is good research, but how do you tell?

Research quality

“Research says…” “Research says…”, but does it? How to tell how good a study is. Research quality is an important factor in deciding to use a study but how do you know how good a particular bit of research really is? Lots of people like quoting research. Usually the quote is vague, something like “There […]

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Why an expert produces more, with less effort and thinking – new study

Expertise

There is a central paradox at the heart of expertise: experts consistently perform better than novices, whilst at the same time they engage in less thinking and energy than novices. A core question that has intrigued psychologists for years is how can less thinking and cognitive processing produce better performance? The standard understanding about this […]

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How clients choose management consultants – what the research shows

How clients choose management consultants

How do organisations and clients choose a management consultant to work with them? What criteria and what decision-making processes organisations use to choose consultants is an important question for both organisations and consultants / consultancies. Looking at the current research provides a useful evidence-based overview of the nature of the problem faced by organisations when […]

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Last month’s research briefings

Last month's research briefings

As well as podcasts, infographics, video research briefings, a copy of the monthly review, last month we sent out the following research briefings, based on just published* research to members: What is followership and how does it work? Do personality tests predict workplace deviance? Emotion regulation abilities predict work engagement and attitudes towards work Entrepreneurs: […]

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The 15 conditions that are needed to make team diversity increase performance

Team diversity

Contents Common perception that team diversity is goodTwo types of explanation for diverse team performanceThe Categorisation-Elaboration ModelDeep and surface diversity15 conditions Common perception that team diversity is goodThere is a pretty ubiquitous modern common perception that team diversity in terms of nationality, race, age and/or gender, is a wholly positive team attribute and that team […]

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Sleepiness at work: does alertness management training actually work?

Sleepiness-at-wor

The issue of sleepiness at work is a serious one in many professions. People feeling sleepy, or actually falling asleep at work, can have serious health and safety consequences, but also lowers productivity and can cause a range of other issues to do with a lack of focus, engagement and work absorption. Sleepiness at work […]

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Just how valid is the idea of emotional intelligence?

EQ emotional intelligence

As mentioned in a previous blogs, interest in emotional intelligence is a relatively recent phenomenon. With the exception of a small blip of interest at the end of the Second World War, emotional intelligence has only really come to prominence in terms of research since the 1990s.     Emotional intelligence, however, isn’t one construct, […]

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The Principled Leadership Scale – Interview / podcast

Principled leadership

Introduction Principled leadership is essential in todays environment. Issues like the Enron scandal (where the Chief Executive was found guilty of 18 counts of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading) and the VW emissions scandal (where technology was used to cheat emissions testing protocol and a range of other scandals) show that unethical and unprincipled decision-making […]

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