CONTAINING COVID-19: VIRTUAL TEAM WORKING

With offices closing, employees being sent to work from home, thousands of teams have overnight become virtual teams. On the one hand, this situation might finally resolve the debate about whether people can work productively from home. The situation is enforced on even those who are skeptical of their co-workers’ ability to show up and work effectively from home.  On …

WORKING REMOTELY DURING COVID-19 CONTAINMENT

After WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic, more and more organizations are asking their people to work from home.  Working remotely is an attractive proposition if you don’t do it often and you may relish the variety. But it quickly becomes apparent that performing effectively from a remote environment requires certain resources and skills.  No matter how comfortable your sofa is, …

Assessing Mental Toughness

I recently went to the ICF NYC Assessment Café, a stimulating event that showcased 8 very different assessments to the coaches in attendance. Having been immersed in personality assessment for many years, I was particularly intrigued by the MTQPlus as it homes in on specific aspects of personality that determine how we deal with stress and pressure, and how we …

‘Tis the season for setting goals

This year, I was in the UK for Christmas, surrounded by quintessential English countryside. I took a break from work, and prioritized time with loved ones. This downtime, and the peaceful setting that is such a contrast from my normal Manhattan lifestyle, lent itself perfectly to introspection. Like many others, I found myself reflecting on the year gone by: assessing …

We Need To Stop Simplifying Personality

In recent weeks, I’ve been talking a lot about personality assessments. I attended the WIFS National Conference in Minnesota and have facilitated a number of client workshops. During these conversations, I have been surprised, and just a little bit frustrated, by the lack of awareness around personality assessments and the science (or lack thereof) behind them. Now, I don’t usually …