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Callous and Cold. Bad Behaviour in the Workplace! The Dark Triad of Personality Part 3

Callous and Cold. Bad Behaviour in the Workplace! The Dark Triad of Personality Part 3 It has been 20 years since Paulhus and Williams first published their paper on The Dark Triad of Personality. In the third of three articles, I explore the last of the Dark Triad of personality. Saving the most dramatic for last?  Can […]

Machiavellianism and Bad Behaviour in the Workplace! The Dark Triad of Personality Part 2

Machiavellianism and Bad Behaviour in the Workplace! The Dark Triad of Personality Part 2 It has been almost 20 years since Paulhus and Williams first published their paper on The Dark Triad of Personality. In the second of three articles, I explore the second of the Dark Triad of personality.  Can you spot this behavioural pattern […]

Safety Leaders: exploring the latest thinking in safety leadership, personality and competencies

Safety Leaders: exploring the latest thinking in safety leadership, personality and competencies The focus of safety leadership appears, on the face of it at least, to not have changed too much in in its focus over the last 20 years. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK have long advocated that safety leaders’ […]

The Dark Triad of Personality – part 1

The Dark Triad of Personality – Narcissism It has been almost 20 years since Paulhus and Williams first published their paper on The Dark Triad of Personality.  In the first of three articles, I explore the first of the Dark Triad of personality. How can you tell if someone is narcissistic? Can you spot this […]

New personality scale found: Reflects on Shortcomings

New personality scale found: Reflects on Shortcomings As part of our major UK study into the development of objective tasks to assess personality (as opposed to the traditional self-report questionnaire approach), a new personality scale has emerged: the tendency to reflect on shortcomings.  It has not, to our knowledge, been possible to measure this personality […]

Why scoring high on some personality traits is not always desirable

Why scoring high on some personality traits is not always desirable. The Big 5 personality traits emerged to describe the essential traits that serve as the building blocks of personality. They aim to simplify and explain individual differences in personalities and are often used as the basis of personality tests. These traits are: Neuroticism, Extraversion, […]

Managing response bias in personality assessment: introducing an alternative to flawed ‘social desirability’ scales

Managing response bias in personality assessment: introducing an alternative to flawed ‘social desirability’ scales Most of us, at one point or another, have taken a personality test. It could have been a trait-based assessment using the big-5 personality traits, or a type-based assessment like the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test or just a pointless ‘which […]

The importance of being broad-minded

The importance of being broad-minded On a podcast last year on ‘The Safety of Work’ David Provan and Drew Rae had a very interesting discussion about whether ‘blame’ following an incident lessened the ability of the organisation to learn from failure. There are two extreme positions. At one end there is never any blame for […]

2019 – Article in the BPS publication – OP Matters No 42 July 2019.

An article about our approach appeared in the British Psychological Society publication OP matters. Below you will find apre-publication version of the following article: Howard, A., Mitchell, J., Choi, M., & Wu, TK (2019). An Alternative to Personality Questionnaires:  Introducing Personality Tasks. OP Matters No 42 July 2019. The link to the whole publication is […]

2019 – Presenting at the British Psychological Society DOP conference, UK

In January 2019, Alan, Max and Johnny presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology on “An Alternative to Personality Questionnaires”. Every seat was taken and there were people forced to stand at the back of the room. There was a lively debate afterwards on how the approach could be used until the […]

2019: AMCHAM T&T HSSE conference – Trinidad

Alan and Johnny travelled to Trinidad to present at the AMCHAM T&T HSSE conference – our topic was ‘Using personality assessments to build safety‘. We pesented on the research that links certain personality traits such as conscientiousness and agreeableness to certain safety behaviours (Beus et al., 2015). We also covered how it’s not always a […]

2019 – The International Congress on Asssessment Center Methods – Shanghai

Alan presented to a large group of psychologists and assessment experts from across the Asia Pacific region on the topic of “using personality tasks to boost the validity of assessment centers”. The presentation covered issues such as increasing the efficiency and accuracy of Assessment or Development Centers, utilizing technology in assessments and directly measuring personality […]

2019 – Presenting on the Personality and Safety Reseach at Step Change in Safety (Aberdeen) and AOSH (Bristol), UK

Towards the end of 2019 we presented at two different workshops on the research links between personality and safety behaviours. An overview on the topic can be found here – https://www.ioshmagazine.com/2019/04/11/safe-traits. We discussed some of the research we had completed on the links between certain personality traits. As an example, below is some of our […]

2018: Presenting at the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) conference, UK

ED: This was posted in 2018. At the time we had 12 tasks. The final version has 8 tasks. Alan and TK presented on Friday 12th October 2018 at the ABP conference in Brentford. The paper outlined some of our key findings so far from the research on Mosaic Tasks. We now have 12 fully […]

2018: Mosaic Tasks presenting in Hong Kong and Singapore

As part of launching Mosaic Tasks we will be out presenting at conferences around the world. We are starting off in Hong Kong and Singapore where Alan Howard and TK Wu will be presenting to the Division of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (DIOP) in Hong Kong. To book a place and see more about the Hong Kong […]