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MARCH 2017

MARCH 2017

How the Best CEO’s differ from Average Ones

Charismatic, risk-taking, self-promoting, visionary – are these attributes that make the best-in-class CEOs? Using psychometric tools such as 16PF, OPQ and Hogan Development Survey, the following study uncovers the top qualities that set the best CEOs apart.


Managing mental health in the workplace: Advice for employers and employees

With anxiety and depression on the rise, how should managers respond to work adjustment and mental health conditions in the workplace? Should managers step in or brush it off? And should employees disclose their health situation?


Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

Many organizations have been trying to unravel the secret of building the perfect team. A holistic approach is to look beyond skills, functional roles and experience, and dive into each individuals’ natural tendencies. These ‘natural tendencies’ are often linked to team success. 


You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found

Does personality change over time? According to this study, the answer is yes. While previous research have shown that personality remains stable over decades, this finding seems to corroborate with the view that an individual undergoes personality and identity development during adolescence. Can you relate to this finding?


How to Mentor a Perfectionist

Although being diligent has its merits, this strength, if overused, could lead to risk of derailing at the workplace. It is important to tease apart the desire to excel and the toxic need to attain impeccability. In fact, this article suggests that excellence and perfectionism should not be regarded as different locations on the same continuum, but as separate constructs.

Why are we altruistic? Guilt May Play a Role 

‘Selfish altruism’ may sound paradoxical, but some research contend that altruistic behavior may be driven by the need to liberate oneself from feeling bad. Somewhat in line with this view, the following study found that when carrying out a selfish or selfless act, both deeds engage in the same conscious decision-making process. This suggests that altruistic motives may not be triggered by emotional warm-fuzzy feelings, as previously believed. 


Intuition is the Highest Form of Intelligence

Thanks to Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and author of ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, intuition (or unconscious thinking) has garnered more attention over the past decade. Although intuition could make us susceptible to cognitive biases, in some respects, it does a pretty good job in offering foresights and gut instincts. According to this article, intuition is the ability to tease apart what is superfluous and what is essential.


How to Handle Interrupting Colleagues

‘Interrupting’ people in the middle of a conversation/presentation could be seen as overly enthusiastic to some, but abrasive to another. Some cultures or individuals with a perceived level of status are more likely to interject. What are some of the things we can do to politely handle ‘interrupters’ in order to have effective conversations?


We Read Emotions Based on How the Eye Sees

What cues do we look for from a person’s face to infer emotional states? Based on an evolutionary perspective, the following study reveals we use others’ eyes – whether they are widened or narrowed. Widened features are typically associated with joy, awe or fear, while narrowed eyes display disgust or contempt. Perhaps our eyes are indeed windows to our souls…

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

Stress and pressure are not the same. Stress is feelings of overwhelmed, having too many demands and not enough resources. Pressure, although anxious and fearful in nature, involves delivering specific results. That said, pressure can turn into stress if one engages in rumination. The following article offers some measures to break the stress-inducing habit.

Why Do Highly Intelligent People Commit Crimes

Traditionally, crimes are thought to be committed by those with lower IQ. However it was found that exceptionally bright people could be more mischievous and less moralistic – they feel less bound by moral codes and view their analyses as more superior, leading them to break the law. Are law-breaking behaviors then, a function of high IQ and personality?

A psychologist reveals the 7 empathetic traits that exceptional leaders share

Empathy is a deep emotional intelligence that enables those who possess it to see the world through others’ eyes and to understand their unique perspectives. To lead oneself, others and performance, empathy is the ingredient that contributes to these 7 traits shared by great leaders, as presented by the article below.