The Bias that Changes Every Career

Let’s talk about a bias that affects every person’s career. Researchers recently discovered this bias by analyzing nearly 20 years of career data across 57 different countries…then they confirmed it further with two new experiments.   What is this bias? Why does it seem to happen everywhere? To understand it, we first need to acknowledge a couple of basic things […]

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Does Working with Friends Increase Performance?

Does working with friends make you perform better on the job? Or would it be better to work with strangers? Results from a recent analysis—including results from 26 different studies and nearly 1,000 teams—give us some interesting answers.   Working with friends There are reasons to think that working with friends can increase job performance. For example: Feeling uninhibited can […]

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Why People Expect Assessments to Do Impossible Things

We all want to make well-informed decisions, especially when there are valuable outcomes at stake. Having specific information and knowledge about likely outcomes can be incredibly useful—but only if we actually know how to interpret the evidence.   A classic example Imagine that you go to see the doctor. The doctor administers a medical assessment for a rare disease that you might […]

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The Real Problem with Job Interviews

Job interviews can cause a variety of problems. The worst of all is promoting overconfidence.   There is a huge difference between: Being confident in a decision (because you know the likely outcome) Feeling confident about a decision   Job interviews make us feel more confident. This can be a good thing. After all, how would you feel about hiring someone […]

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Experienced Managers Make Decisions Differently

Managers have to make decisions about people. Pretty much everything from “Who gets a bonus?” to “Who gets fired?”   What really goes into the process of making these decisions? And perhaps more importantly, what decision processes differentiate the more experienced managers from the newbies?     “The hard way”: Logistics Managers usually have a whole lot of information available […]

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