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Fear of Failure and Self-sabotage, Self-handicapping and Self-deception

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Many people engage in self sabotage where they think, act and behave in ways that reduce their effectiveness or even sabotage their own success. Sometimes this is unconscious and sometimes is purposeful. Examples include students who party the night before an exam, professionals who watch a box set on TV or surf the internet, rather […]

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Nudge behaviour change – Is it real?

Nudge behaviour

The book, ‘Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness’ In 2008 Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein published a book that created a whole new industry in behaviour change. The book, ‘Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness’ starts with the premise that paternalism, or the idea that experts with authority do often know […]

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A new study on toxic supervisor behaviours and employee silence

Toxic management

Toxic work environments Toxic work environments are as much a threat to an organisation from the inside as the external actions of competitors and market change. Leaders are responsible for establishing a positive, motivational and productive work environment and the entire organisation tends to suffer when they exhibit demeaning and damaging behaviour towards their employees. […]

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Conspiracy Theories: Research On Why People Believe Them

conspiracy theories

Over the past few years, the prevalence of conspiracy theories has spun out of control thanks to the ease of sharing false information through social media and efforts from several quarters to promote anti-intellectualism. Conspiracy Theories Conspiracy theories are speculation and explanatory beliefs of events or systems whereby multiple actors are assumed to secretly conspire […]

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Developing effective implicit or unconscious bias interventions – New study

Bias

By its very nature, implicit or unconscious bias is a problem that influences the decision-making, behaviour, attitudes, thinking and communication of most people without their knowledge and in spite of their desire to be more objective. …implicit or unconscious bias is a problem that influences the decision-making, behaviour, attitudes, thinking and communication of most people […]

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Does the Emotional Freedom Technique actually do anything? A new study

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

One of the more controversial emotion regulation techniques to appear over the last 10 years is the Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. The basis of EFT, or ‘tapping’ as it often known, is a mixture of cognitive therapy and somatic or sensory stimulation and involves fingertip pressure and tapping on several ‘acupressure’ points on the […]

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The Big Problem with Using Personality Instruments for Giving Feedback

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Using Personality Instruments for Work-Related Feedback Personality instruments, indicators or tests are used in many organisations and by coaches and consultants around the world for giving feedback to employees and executives about work-related performance and for developmental purposes. The idea appears simple. Understanding your personality can give you insights into your performance and how you […]

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Why obedience and loyalty could be the downfall of your organisation: New study …

obedience and loyalty

Obedience and loyalty could be your organisations downfall…   Toshiba was at one time one of the giants of Japan’s economy, with net sales of USD $63 billion and over 200,000 employees worldwide. However things were not as they appeared. In 2015 it was discovered that there was USD 4.1 billion of inflated profits over […]

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