Future Potential v Past Achievement
One of the basic premises of behaviourally based interviewing is that past behavior
predicts future behaviour better than what you say you could do in future. Recruitment companies even encourage lists of achievements in line with the skills being looked for.
This research now suggests we may all be more impressed with future potential than past accomplishments (unless you've done something incredibly outstanding, like winning an Olympic medal). So maybe this a) warns us to be ever more vigilant against our natural bias towards potential when interviewing and b) if being interviewed, then play up your potential future!
So Emotional Intelligence Doesn't Always Help
High Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been shown to be a valuable attribute for team leaders - but now it seems this depends on the type of team and ,as usual, the context.
The researchers found "EI made a difference in busy, complex and multi-layered managerial contexts, not when managing single teams under less pressured conditions".
It seems that in small close knit teams, being very sensitive to emotional issues can be seen as making a bit of a meal of it!
Threaten a man's masculinity and he becomes a short-sighted risk taker!
Here's another look at what might have happened during the testosterone fueled banking crisis.
In a couple of experiments researchers found ways of gently challenging men's masculinity. (Interestingly by e.g. having them product test a pink bottle of "Sweet Pea" fruit-scented hand lotion!)
Then their risk taking was assessed when playing a gambling game. Men who'd had their masculinity challenged tended to bet larger amounts and the maximum more often.
Further experiments showed that those challenged would make shorter term money decisions.
N.B. the authors do point out that this says nothing about the effect of gender threat on women's risk taking - work that needs doing!
Read more......... (sorry you can only read the abstract but it gives the key findings)
So We Don't Hate Monday's After All
US researchers polled 340,000 workers and discovered mood was no worse on Monday than other days of the week - apart from Friday (So TGIF still operates!)
It seems that if you compare the days between Sunday and Friday they are all as bad - but that's being cynical!