In this video clip, Business Psychologist Gary Dumais, Psy.D., SPHR talks about how damaging workplace bullying can be (also known as relational aggression or “mean girl” bullying), and how the internet and media have made it worse in recent years.
We’ve all witnessed it: smart people like executives, doctors, and leaders making bad decisions – some of which were catastrophic. The Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 is one tragic example. Official investigations concluded that, due to pressure to launch on schedule, NASA and other experts overlooked the dangers of launching the space shuttle in […]
What is decision resilience? Decision resilience is NOT about leaders showing “the courage of their convictions” or sticking with a decision when faced with challenges – I consider that to be resolve, or in some instances, inflexibility. Rather, decision resilience (as I define it) refers to how resilient a decision-maker’s brain is to misperceiving reality […]
Have you ever noticed that looking down from the top of a tall building seems farther than looking up at it from the bottom? Likewise, looking up at skyscrapers usually isn’t scary, while looking down from the top can evoke panic. In fact, people in experiments conducted by Jackson & Cormack (2007) judged the same […]
Companies often do internet searches on job candidates, and consider what they find on social media when making hiring decisions. For example: “The candidate had a great resume and interviewed well, but Human Resources didn’t like what was said about him on Twitter, so we didn’t hire.” As a Business Psychologist specializing in assessing candidates, I […]
Constructive feedback is helpful to the person it’s given to. It can be positive feedback (e.g., “You’re doing a great job”) or negative feedback (e.g., “Here’s how you can do a better job…”). In contrast, weaponized feedback is harmful to the person it’s given to, and it can be used to exploit them. Worse, weaponized […]