Effective leaders are insensitive to criticism

September 14, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Most believe that critical, or constructive, feedback helps develop the self-awareness necessary for effective leadership. Neuroscience explains why highly self-aware leaders are actually insensitive to criticism …

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Research and Advisory

August 9, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Hipotential was established in 2012 as the research and advisory arm of Talent Solutions International – a leading provider of leadership assessment and development solutions since 2002.

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How neuroscience is improving leadership selection

August 8, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Many leaders face problems that are becoming increasingly complex, dynamic and persistent. Organisations today are more globally connected and modern technology provides a flood of instant information 24/7. Ironically, this abundance of information increases the emotional and mental strain in some leaders causing errors of judgment, destructive emotions and damaged relationships …

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Women in leadership summit, New Zealand

June 4, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Last month I was invited to speak at the Women in Leadership Summit in Wellington, New Zealand. Theresa Gattung, former CEO Telecom NZ, and other high profile speakers inspired delegates with moving accounts of their personal leadership journeys …

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Executives need bandwidth and discipline

May 13, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Executives today face a virtual smorgasbord of information. Our 24/7 globally connected world provides infinite options for action yet it can also contribute to poor executive decisions and dysfunctional behaviour.

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Are your leaders risk takers?

January 16, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

In a recent Australian Financial Review article I spoke of three attributes shared by high potential leaders. These included mental agility, emotional stability and quick, but well-considered, decision-making. Andrew Cornell’s widely read article explored why some ‘alpha’ executives pursue highly challenging and often risky activities outside of work.

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The High Potential Indicator

December 3, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

The High Potential Indicator predicts how leaders will perform in complex and challenging roles. Download an overview of this latest research-based tool …

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The neuroscience of leadership

November 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

When was the last time your computer froze, crashed or slowed to a snail’s pace? Did you know that our brain reacts in a similar way when dealing with complexity, emotions and conflict? And a recent Australian study found that traditional personality tests fail to detect this.

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How leaders manage complexity

November 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A recent Australian study conducted at the Australian School of Business explains why some managers succeed while others fail in challenging, ambiguous and complex roles …

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New interview question: how do you take your eggs?

October 19, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A recent article in HC Magazine suggests that a person’s favourite way of eating eggs can predict their personality type and job suitability. Whilst this article might be a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ look at personality profiling, it does highlight two common problems when using statistics to explain selection decisions.

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Latest Research

Destructive Leaders and Workplace Bullying

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 …

High Potential Leaders

Are you selecting average leaders?

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

What is leadership potential?

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 …

Leadership and personality testing

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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Research and Advisory

Hipotential was established in 2012 as the research and advisory arm of Talent Solutions International – a leading provider of leadership assessment and development solutions since 2002.