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Wonder’s Writing

Thoughts, ideas, poems, doodles. Inspiration abounds.

Born to Be… integrating assessments into one’s being

Born to Be… Integrating Assessments into One’s Being – which Assessments speak the truth? After attending conferences aimed at Industrial Organisational Psychology, I often feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of information I was able to not take in during my attendance, simply because there appears to be so much to still learn. This being said, … Continue reading »

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Essay: Motivate Me!

Motivate Me! The balance between internal and external motivation Having just come back from a seven-day tournament requiring immense physical application and mental acuity, I find myself deeply focused on motivation and where we get this from. You see, field hockey (or, as they call it in South Africa, “hockey”) is not only a sport … Continue reading »

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Essay: Millennial Loyalty

Millennial Loyalty …and What it is Worth It must be because I look quite young for my age, but I find myself engaging in conversations with experienced and founded line managers who – somewhere along the line – say “it’s you millennials” or “it’s just the millennial disposition”. “What is this disposition?” I try and … Continue reading »

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Essay: The Incestuous-ness of Psychologists in Practice

The Incestuous-ness of Psychologists in Business When do we STOP in-breeding? For the love of everything good in this world, I cannot fathom why – in the world of business psychology – the question of intent is consistently, pointedly, and purposefully raised in every possible escapade of psychology-on-psychology relationships. We seem to find ourselves so … Continue reading »

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Essay: Can I has…a Mentor?

Can I has…a Mentor? The mentor and coach relationship – what’s with that anyway? One of the more common concepts reoccurring in today’s business world relates to the propriety of a coach and mentors. If the organisation identifies your potential, rather than send you on a myriad of development workshops that mean very little at … Continue reading »

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Essay: The Eighth Deadly Sin

The Eighth Deadly Sin: When Ethics and Morality Keep Quiet Greed. Lust. Wrath. Gluttony. Pride. Envy. Sloth. These words are obviously a part of a collective. Their commonality? They have all been labelled, named-and-shamed, as human’s inherent downfall. They are used by writers to create characters; psychologists to analyse mindsets; historians to piece together the … Continue reading »

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Essay: The “Ethical Elbow” for IOP

The “Ethical Elbow” An IOP Intern’s Perspective of the Breaking Point The question is: how far must one’s ethical elbow bend, before it breaks? I have always considered myself as being a person of high moral standards. This has changed drastically in the working world – and not from lack of protest. The fact is, … Continue reading »

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Essay: Psychologists – A Collision of Worlds

Psychologists: A Collision of Worlds Consider the idea of industrial psychologists. What exactly are they? Some like to consider them “behavioural scientists”. But when was the last time a theory – ground breaking, earth shattering, life moving theory – was founded? The fact is, IOPs are not the ones doing this. Psychologists are. And if … Continue reading »

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Conflict, Management, and Team Dynamics in a Consulting Environment

How to keep Specialised teams “Special” Consider the modern SME – various individuals come together to create a group considered a “company” based on their set of skills and expertise. This “set” can be specialised functions that only they can perform, or generalised skills that can be amalgamated across functional areas to perform virtually any … Continue reading »

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Controlling the Flow: Passive to Active Knowledge

New Employees, Old Knowledge – the process of changing passive knowledge into active use. More and more I am reminded of the vast difference in active and passive knowledge. We spend years accumulating passive knowledge – that which is theoretical and abstract and fluffy; ideas that sit in our heads with no real substance to … Continue reading »

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