How to avoid hiring a replicant: 8 behaviours of emotionally intelligent people

In both the original and 2017 Bladerunner movies, replicants are synthetic humans, who are often extremely intelligent and strong. However, while they superficially resemble humans in many ways, they lack some of our most fundamental emotions, such as empathy.   And while it may seem strange at first, emotions actually play an incredibly important role in workplace behaviour. As humans, …

Game-based psychometric assessments: how much ‘game’ is enough?

Game-based psychometric assessments have well and truly arrived on the testing scene. Like any new development, some are excited by this evolutionary stage in the life cycle of psychometric tools, while others are concerned about this change. Irrespective of which side of the fence you sit on, there’s one great outcome that we can all agree on: Developers of psychometric …

Leadership lessons

3 lessons from the most inspiring leader I’ve worked with

One of the most inspiring leaders I have worked with in my career didn’t have a “polished” approach. They didn’t have a university degree, a particularly extensive vocabulary, or an expensive suit.  Their resume was not full of high-profile international experience.    Regardless, I learned many, many things about great leadership from this person – probably too many for a single blog. But, …

Employees playing table tennis, symbolising a way of minimising employee stress

Redesigning work: 4 simple ways to minimise employee stress

(That aren’t yoga, mindfulness or table tennis tables)   Monday 24 July was Lifeline’s annual Stress Down Day, when employees are encouraged to engage in various fundraising activities that focus on reducing stress at work. Some of Lifeline’s suggestions include a worst dad joke competition, a paper plane throwing contest, lunchtime yoga, and wearing slippers and PJs or a zany …

Independent studies bust myths about game-based assessments

Revelian CEO Cherie Curtis and Head of Psychology Jason Blaik are the kinds of people who like structure and regularity in their lives. While they don’t dislike change per se, they do like to have plenty of notice and time to prepare for changes in advance.   Because of this, they were somewhat stunned to find themselves on a plane traveling from …

Uber Toxic Culture

Avoid a toxic culture like Uber, create a corporate culture like Netflix

Just recently, Uber’s Chief Executive Officer, Travis Kalanick, announced that he was resigning from the troubled company, due to pressure from investors. While he had been taking an indefinite leave of absence to improve his leadership skills, a “series of costly missteps” lead the Uber board to demand that he step down to give the company “room to fully embrace …