Counter Work Behaviors

Bosses are really worried about bad behavior at work like theft, bullying etc. But why do employees sometimes misbehave?

People Who Interview Well

Are some people massively advantaged by the interview process and others seriously disadvantaged? Does this make it a poor selection device and if so, when and why?

I'm OK, You're OK

Transactional Analysis has important insights for us today.

The Anatomy of a Game Changer

The business world is obsessed with finding and nurturing real game changers. What are they like?

How to Become a Guru

Business Gurus make lots of money. Do they deserve the rewards and recognition that they get?

Appetite for Risk

Can we classify or categorize people according to the extent they enjoy risk taking?

To See Ourselves as Others See Us

Have you completed a JoHari Window? How easy is it for other people to get to know you? Do you really have self-insight into your strengths and weaknesses

Food at Work

Do you eat a sandwich or a salad in Dilbert cubicle or do you socialise in the canteen? Can your lunch or snack influence how you think and feel? And if so, what should you eat?

Why So Many Leaders Fail and Derail

There is a growing literature on the derailed executive. It outlines the paradox of leadership: that some of the factors that help you climb the greasy pole also cause failure!

The Devoted and Dependent Person at Work

Some people seem to be self-sacrificial at work? But is this behavior more a cry for help than dedication to others at work?

Faking It: Dissimulation, Dishonesty and Lying at Work

Rather than punish people for faking certain responses should we not reward them? Does it only depend on what, where and why we fake?

Personality and Income

Many things determine your salary: education, the job sector, the state of the economy. But also your personality: your motivation, how hard you work and your work relationships.

Try to Forget: The Psychology of Repression

What do the cognitive psychologists and the psychoanalysts say about repression?

The Psychology of Temptation

How often are you tempted to commit one of the deadly sins? What do we now think about this very old-fashioned sounding list?

Selecting a President

How would you do a job analysis of the office of the President? What traits are basic requirements? What should you look for regarding dark-side traits that you don't want?

Creativity and the Importance of the Incubation Period

Reports on creativity suggest that after working hard, the best advice is to stop. The "aha" experience often comes in the shower, while cycling to work, or walking the dog.

Stoicism: Being Indifferent to Pain or Pleasure

Many of the world religions suggest that being stoical is wise and virtuous. But many therapists suggest that rather than repress our emotions we should learn to embrace them.

The Remembrance of Things Past

How much do you remember from your childhood? Why is it that some very specific memories are so clear and fresh and that so much is forgotten?

Narcissistic People and Cultures

Is the supposed epidemic in narcissistic personality disorder a function of the way in which culture has changed?

Bullying at Work

What does it mean to be bullied? Why is it so ripe in some organisations yet so rare in others?


The ability to resist temptations of all sorts is thought to be morally beneficial and psychologically healthy. So can it be learned, and how does it work?

What Are Emotions For?

Why do we experience and show emotions? What are the advantages of being emotionally literate? How do we classify and measure emotions?

How to Avoid Holiday Stress

The family holiday can be a nightmare for everybody. How can you maximize pleasure, fun and enjoyment and minimize frustration, tension and stress?

The Icarus Syndrome: Why High Flyers Fail and Derail.

There is an unspoken truth about business leadership: as many managers and leaders fail as succeed. But why? Do high flyers that fall have a particular profile that explains this?

The Work-Life Interface

How are leisure, free-time, discretionary activities related to work activities? Do cooks come home dying to do some baking? Whence the concept of a busman's holiday?

Getting Along With (But Ahead Of) Others

Freud said the secret to a happy life was "love and work": good relationships and a fulfilling job. The problems at work are both getting along with, but ahead of your colleagues.

Write and Wrong: Personality and Handwriting

What can graphology really tell us about personality?

The OCD, Super Diligent, Over-Conscientious Boss

Being careful and detail oriented is often a very desirable at work. But is this optimal rather than maximal. Can there be too much of a good thing with regard to diligence.

Are Men and Women Portrayed Differently in TV Ads

Does television mirror or mould attitudes to gender differences? Why are males portrayed more often as professional authorities and women as naïve consumers all around the world

Defining and Debunking Assertions About Creativity

Is everyone creative? Can you learn to be (a lot) more creative? Are creativity people odd or difficult?