Let’s take a look back at the best Cangrade articles from 2016.
For the purposes of this list, “best” just means “most popular.”
These are the most viewed articles, month by month. (Just click each title if you want to read the full article).
January: Personality Types Don’t Exist
Some of the most popular assessments claim that people have distinct personality types, and that you can take the assessment to find out yours.
They also claim to provide information that can teach you something important about yourself and the people around you.
But there is no evidence that any of this is actually true.
February: How Personality Leads to Happiness
What makes people happy?
The answer varies from person to person. But people don’t vary in the ways that you might think. It’s also important to look for the things that can make everyone happy, and to find the situations that really let people “be themselves.”
Work can be stressful sometimes.
Why do some people “burn out,” while others don’t?
April: Millennials are Changing
Research suggests that today’s young people are significantly more narcissistic than previous generations.
But new research suggests that the trend is reversing.
How can you inspire and motivate people?
Following 3 key principles can help.
Are the next generation of young workers really less motivated than previous generations?
We conducted a large-scale survey to find out. The short answer is yes…but it’s not as bad as you might think.
Only about 1% of people would be classified as psychopaths, but in some jobs and professions, the numbers are much higher.
This only makes sense when you consider that certain jobs also appeal to 2 other highly related personality traits.
August: The Trait that Defines a Leader
What’s the trait that most defines a leader?
Researchers have found that one personality trait often stands out above the rest.
September: 6 Reasons Employees Don’t “Speak Up”
People don’t always “speak up” when they see a problem at work, and the results can be disastrous.
What motivates employees to remain silent?
October: How Extraverts Can Ruin Teamwork
You might assume that people who are more extraverted are better at teamwork.
Under the right circumstances, they do make their teammates feel more “energized.”
But when there are conflicts and disagreements, that same “energy” is often seen as obnoxious and unproductive. This can put extraverts (and their teams) at a disadvantage.
November: The Real Problem with Job Interviews
Job interviews make us feel more confident about hiring decisions.
This can be a good thing. After all, how would you feel about hiring someone you’ve never even met?
The problem is that misplaced confidence can undermine the entire process. And when that happens, you’re less likely to select the best candidates.
Do years of professional experience improve your “gut instincts” about people?
A new series of studies—including more than 500 high-level executives—suggests that the answer is no.
It’s almost always better to pay close attention and think carefully.
That’s it for 2016. See you next year!