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Neuroticism: The Ugly Duckling of Personality

February 8, 2017 by Henry henry@hccglobal.net

Let’s face it, not everyone out there is logical, rational, emotionally stable and predictable. And if you’re not one of those, you know it. You’re the “feisty”, “emotional”, “unstable” or heavens forbid, the “emotionally volatile” one. So, What Is Neuroticism? Neuroticism, is one of the big five personality traits, together with Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness […]




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The Urban Myth of Deliberate Practice (It Only Makes You What You Can Be)

February 21, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“If practice makes perfect, and no one’s perfect, then why practice?” Billy Corgan Practice makes perfect according to an old saying. Or at least if you do it enough you will become an expert. Or does it? Experts vs. Being an Expert There is, in fact, a big difference between “experts” and those “who are […]




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Being Happy in the New Year (It’s Complicated!)

February 14, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know?” Steven Wright We all know that negative moods are associated with poor physical health and psychological well-being1. What about positive emotions and health? In a study of 2,873 healthy British adults conducted by Dr. Andrew Steptoe, those who reported more positive emotions during […]




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Ouch that Hurt! The Neurobiology of Feedback

February 7, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”   Franklin P. Jones We can all recall a time that a partner, family member, friend, or colleague gave us some well-intended feedback that seemed to really hurt. Most of the time, the intention of feedback is to convey […]




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Talent Development Facts #48

January 24, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Steven Wright Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1.  Who you marry doesn’t affect just your happiness at home – your spouse can also play a major role in […]




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The Neurobiology of Leadership: Why Women Lead Differently than Men (ICF Webinar)

January 17, 2016 by Ken Nowack

A Webinar Sponsored by ICF-MD January 28, 2016 • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EST 1.5 CCEUs in Core Competencies Current research suggests that women lead differently than men (not necessarily any better or any worse). A secondary stress response unique to women might play a role in explaining these differences. This breakfast meeting will explore […]




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The Power of Feedback

October 25, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Mark Twain Feedback seems to be pretty important at work–particularly from one’s boss. Which of these do you think leads to the most disengagement in talent? 1. Little or no feedback 2. Negative feedback 3. Positive feedback Positive or Negative Feedback? New research […]




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Perceived Unfairness Will Make You Sick

September 27, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Anonymous Recent studies confirm that emotional hurt and rejection, whether part of social interactions or the perception of inequitable and unjust workplace conditions, can actually trigger the same neurophysiologic pathways associated with physical pain and suffering1. A nifty study by Naomi Eisenberger and […]




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Talent Management Facts #46

May 17, 2015 by Ken Nowack

  “42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Steven Wright Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1. According to a new survey by Business Insider and News To Live By, a Gen Y Millennials continue to […]




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Talent Management Facts #45

April 5, 2015 by Ken Nowack

  “42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Steven Wright Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1. According to a recent survey conducted by Right Management, the top priority for HR managers this year will be […]




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