Author: Deborah Bell

As Vice President, Consulting, Deborah conducts assessments, manages consulting projects, and designs and delivers custom solutions. She enjoys building relationships with her clients and uncovering their needs so she can serve as a trusted adviser and business partner.

Big 5 personality traits
by Deborah Bell

Can you change your personality?

For most of the Big Five domains Read More, the answer appears to be yes, but… It’s important to follow through! That was one of main findings of a recent study¹ that examined participants over a 15-week period. Individuals who accepted and completed a greater number of weekly behavioral challenges – which involved displaying specific, […]

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Big 5 personality traits
by Deborah Bell

Building High Performing Remote Teams

Some people are naturally wired to thrive in a remote role. Others are less well-suited, and many will need support from their leader to do their best work.  That’s why it’s essential to know how your candidates and current team members are wired, and how your leaders are leading. In this article, we explain the 6 Cs […]

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Succession Planning
by Deborah Bell

Succession Planning Best Practices

Succession Planning isn’t easy.  But it also isn’t rocket science.  By following these Succession Planning Best Practices, you can get started today and confidently get others on board with making it a strategic priority.  Communicate Transparently Succession Planning shouldn’t be kept a secret.  Ambitious people want to know that there is a path to advancement.  Not […]

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Psychometric Assessments
by Deborah Bell

The Jangle Fallacy: Is “learning agility” next?

The concept of the jangle fallacy¹ has been around for almost 100 years, but it seems like we keep falling victim to it.  For those not familiar, it is a mistaken belief that two constructs are different because they have different names, when in fact they are the same or almost identical concept.  It had […]

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Hiring Best Practices
by Deborah Bell

Hybrid Leadership Fundamentals

Research-Based Model of Effective Hybrid Leadership An Associate Professor of Management at the George Washington School of Business and her colleagues conducted a metanalysis including over 3 decades of research on virtual leadership1.  This research served as the basis for what they termed the CAARE Model.  In this piece we summarize the components defined by […]

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Hiring Best Practices
by Deborah Bell

Attitudes towards Diversity in the Workplace

A large body of research has shown that personality is a powerful predictor of pretty much any outcome that should be of great interest and value to an organization.  A partial list of such outcomes: job performance organizational citizenship behavior  counterproductive work behavior turnover employee engagement job satisfaction burnout  creativity  leadership effectiveness    A recent […]

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Leadership Development
by Deborah Bell

Motivating People to Act with More Integrity

Most people report that Integrity is an important value that is part of an individual’s character.  Fewer people may know that personality traits influence a person’s character and predict acts of Integrity (and low integrity) well.  One set of these traits falls under the Honesty/Humility domain in the HEXECO model of personality (which is subsumed […]

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Onboarding
by Deborah Bell

Workplace Ostracism

Workplace Ostracism is defined as the extent to which an individual perceives that they are ignored or excluded by others at work, and/or when others fail to take actions to engage them when it is socially appropriate to do so. Source The below graphic shows some of the results from a 2020 meta-analysis that studied the antecedents and […]

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Psychometric Assessments
by Deborah Bell

Choosing an Executive Assessment Partner

On the surface, executive assessment providers may appear similar to one another. But if you take a closer look, you may be rather surprised by what you see.  By asking these questions, you can make informed comparisons and select the right partner for your organization. The Organization and its People How many assessments have you […]

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Leadership Development
by Deborah Bell

The Skills Hi-Pos Need to Succeed in 2025

Top 10 Skills for 2025 According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, 50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025.  And, the vast majority of business leaders (94%) now expect employees to pick up new skills on the job – a sharp rise from 65% in 2018. Source   While everyone will need […]

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Organizational Culture
by Deborah Bell

Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

A Psychologically Healthy Workplace has been defined as: Workplaces where resources at the individual, team, leader, and organizational levels are promoted to ensure employee well-being and performance (Day & Neilson, 2017).   Research shows that there are 4 types of resources that contribute to a psychologically healthy work setting. We reviewed the scientific research on the […]

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Onboarding
by Deborah Bell

Thriving at Work

Thriving at Work is defined as a positive psychological state in which employees experience both a sense of vitality (i.e., feeling energetic and alive at work) and learning (i.e., feeling that they are acquiring and applying valuable knowledge and skills at work). Source Every organization wants their employees to feel this way, but figuring out how […]

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Leadership Development
by Deborah Bell

Evaluating Effectiveness of Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching is used by more than 70% of organizations and has been shown to yield impressive ROI (up to 778% in one study). Source Yet a recent survey indicated that demonstrating the effectiveness of coaching programs remains one of the biggest challenges for organizations Source.  One good source of information that can provide guidance into […]

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Big 5 personality traits
by Deborah Bell

The Predictive Power of Personality

Do you believe in taking ibuprofen to relieve or prevent pain or in taking an antihistamine to relieve or prevent symptoms of allergies? Then you should also believe in using a Big Five/Five-Factor Model personality measure as part of your hiring process, and you can expect considerably more powerful results. Because unlike the MBTI, Enneagram, […]

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Hiring Best Practices
by Deborah Bell

Onboarding: A Data-driven Way to Individualize

Onboarding is receiving more attention due to the rise in employee turnover rates and increased focus on the employee experience.  We’ve come a long way since the days when onboarding consisted of signing new hire paperwork, showing you to your desk, and getting your phone system set up.  Organizations are recognizing the multiple benefits of […]

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Leadership Development
by Deborah Bell

How to Build Change-Ready Teams

Everything that has a big impact on our lives – whether good or bad – emerges from ambiguity. It is the ambiguity, along with the accompanying unpredictability and lack of control, that triggers an emotional response when many organization’s announce that a change is coming – not the change itself. Individual Differences in Response to […]

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Leadership Development
by Deborah Bell

Developing Effective Leaders

The Best Predictors of Effective Leadership There has been much debate about whether leaders are born or made and more recently, about whether introverted leaders can be as effective as extraverted leaders. The research is clear: FACT: The Assertiveness aspect of Extraversion, which consists of Energy and Assertiveness facets, is indeed a strong predictor of […]

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Succession Planning
by Deborah Bell

Succession Planning Metrics

Good solutions start with good questions. As you begin (or continuously improve) your succession planning process, getting the answers to these questions will allow you to show the value of your work through qualitative and quantitative metrics. What competencies do future executives need to be successful? Competencies are the basis for metrics that will be […]

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Competency Models
by Deborah Bell

Competency Modeling: 10 Mistakes to Avoid

Most organizations recognize the need for competency models.  Many spend a lot of time and money creating them.  Unfortunately, there are 10 common mistakes that people make when it comes to competency modeling projects. Here’s what they are and how to avoid them. #1.  The right stakeholders aren’t involved.  Competency Modeling is not an “HR†[…]

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Leadership Development
by Deborah Bell

PCI’s Developmental Assessment Process Overview

The below graphic depicts what the participant provides and receives when engaging in the developmental assessment process. The career path piece is gathered from the resume and during the interview. The personality, leadership style, and natural aptitudes pieces are measured with psychometric tools. The outputs are provided by one of our psychologists.

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Organizational Culture
by Deborah Bell

Building Organizational Culture with OCBs

What are OCBs? Organizational Citizenship Behaviors (OCBs) are discretionary behaviors that team members display that contribute positively to the performance and culture of an organization.  They can be directed: Whatever form the OCB takes, it is important to note that what they all have in common is being discretionary; they are not what the person […]

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Hiring Best Practices
by Deborah Bell

Hiring for Potential vs. Experience

Frustrated by the lack of “qualified” candidates? Even in the face of mass layoffs in the tech industry, economists agree that the labor market will be tight for at least the next few years.  Finding talent that checks all the boxes in terms of education and experience will continue to pose challenges for talent acquisition […]

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Leadership Development
by Deborah Bell

How to Fill the Critical Skills Gap

In a McKinsey Global Study, some startling numbers were revealed by respondents around the globe: The study also looked at the strategies that organizations are using to address the skill gap. Some companies have started to address the skills gaps, and here’s what those respondents believe: Key take-aways from the study are: How to Decide […]

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