Posts by Michael Collins

Destructive Leaders and Workplace Bullying

October 13, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Workplace bullying is estimated to cost Australian organisations between $6 billion and $36 billion annually, while the average workers’ compensation claim is almost $20,000. These figures should disturb most people, but what’s more alarming is the recent finding that bullying can be committed unintentionally by managers reacting to workplace pressure …

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Neuroscience and destructive leadership

July 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

A recent study links a leader’s cognitive resources and emotions to bullying behavior in the workplace. We all know that the psychological, physical and organisational damage caused by workplace bullying is substantial. However, it becomes increasingly harmful when committed by leaders, and until recently we had no way to accurately assess this tendency …

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Are you selecting average leaders?

April 28, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

What’s more important to know when selecting someone for a demanding leadership role?

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What is leadership potential?

February 3, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Perhaps not surprisingly, academics, practitioners and senior executives have debated this question for over a century. However, a recent study by Dries and Pepermans might finally provide an answer that most can agree with …

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Leadership and personality testing

January 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Personality tests have long been used to assess the suitability of candidates for leadership roles. But as practitioners, I often wonder whether we put too much faith in them. Recently I discovered that personality accounts for little more than gender, and far less than education level, when used to predict leadership effectiveness …

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Leadership theory at a third tipping point

November 28, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Leadership scholars have recently suggested that the field is fast approaching a third ‘tipping point’. Most now agree that leadership is far more complex than simple personality or transformational leadership theories …

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New study improves leadership selection

November 6, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In a world first, researchers at the Australian School of Business (UNSW) have discovered that leadership success can be determined simply by the way an individual responds to a difficult information processing task …

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Speaking about neuroscience and leadership

October 18, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Our Managing Director, Michael Collins, has presented his neurocognitive leadership research at the following academic and practitioner forums …

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Redesign my Brain: Neuroplasticity or Practice Effect?

October 14, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

ABC television recently caught the imagination of 865,000 viewers with the first of a three-part series called Redesign My Brain with Todd Sampson. Viewers learnt that Todd’s remarkable performance improvement, in tasks ranging from ‘attentional blink’ to juggling, could be attributed to ‘neuroplasticity’ …

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Fear – the change leader’s friend or foe?

October 9, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

I was recently invited to deliver the keynote address at the Public Sector Change and Transformation Forum in Singapore. The theme was leading organisation change and I spoke about neuroscience and effective change leaders …

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