Coworkers in meeting

Management tip: The benefits of daily stand-up

7 min read

As you matriculate into a new company, you’re acutely attuned to the seemingly little things that make this new working situation different from past work experiences.

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Employees in meeting

Coaching your employees: What to know for your first time

7 min read

There I was, talking to a total stranger and hanging on her every word. She was a charming, energetic, professional woman, maybe 28 or 29 years old. The topic of conversation was Email. “My teammates at work don’t communicate very well. Especially by email!” she said. As she spoke, I wrote down every word in…

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What data can tell us about managing people

18 min read

The Predictive Index (PI) CEO talked with Vickers Engineering Process Improvement Manager Jordan Klint about where data comes into play when hiring and managing people. Take a listen or read the full transcript of the interview below. Mike: Great. I am Mike Zani, the CEO of The Predictive Index. I am excited to be here with Jordan Klint. We…

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Boston Bruins goal

Analyzing the Boston Bruins’ behaviors

7 min read

In honor of my favorite time of year, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I thought it’d be fun to do an analysis of the Boston Bruins’ first line/starting defense and goalie…not to mention, The Predictive Index has been based in the Boston area for the past 50 year so we are a bit excited for our…

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PI coworkers laughing

How self-aware are you?

4 min read

Recently, I had a client come to me very upset. She had begun working with two people who both had a Predictive Index behavioral pattern almost identical to hers and she said, “Melanie, please tell me I don’t come across like those two!” Unfortunately, what I couldn’t tell her was that the descriptions she gave me…

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people in training room

When it comes to motivation, one size doesn’t fit all

5 min read

I knew about “management by objectives.” Then I learned about “management by biscuits.” You can learn about management in the unlikeliest places. In this case, it was from Hamish, my out-of-control West Highland Terrier.

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man talking to people

How to understand different types of employee behavior in the workplace

6 min read

An explanation of how PI’s Behavioral Assessment works 60+ years ago, Arnold Daniels created the first version of the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment™ (BA). The design of the assessment was based on the works of William Marston and his book “Emotions of Normal People.” But Arnold’s workplace assessment tool also took inspiration from and followed the…

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Steve at PC

The patience drive deconstructed

6 min read

This blog post is the third in a four-part series covering the four behavioral drives that The Predictive Index measures in its PI Behavioral Assessment.

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Man on computer working

The quiet epidemic of under-management

3 min read

We hear a lot in the business world about over-management, specifically the well-documented and demoralizing tendency toward micromanagement. In fact, a 2014 accounttemps survey found that 68% of people who felt micromanaged found it demoralizing. But we hear relatively little about under-management. Yet this quality—this tendency to (often subtly) avoid one’s managerial responsibilities  definitely plays…

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Communicating to employees

Decoding management communication

2 min read

Communication is the oil that keeps the engine of your organization running smoothly, and it all starts with management.  “I never met a good manager who wasn’t also a good communicator.” Today, more than two decades later, I still remember the conversation well. I was discussing “what makes an effective manager” with one of our company’s…

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Performance evaluation

Why your company is fumbling with performance feedback

3 min read

Anchor performance reviews with data to prevent performance feedback fumbles. You know who woke up thinking, “I can’t wait to conduct performance reviews for my staff today.” Answer = no one ever. Constructive criticism is often at the heart of the dreaded performance review. But for some reason, evaluators forget the first word in that…

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Dealing with bad employees

What to do when you can’t stand the people you manage

4 min read

Frustrating employees got you down? Here are 5 ways to combat this management nightmare. In one key area, senior management differs not at all from the role of the supervisor on the shop floor. Regardless of your level in an organization, you will over the course of your management career have difficult people to deal…

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Manager in Predictive Index workshop

Conflict management: Are you sweeping it under the rug?

4 min read

Handling conflict and being ready to face it is a key component of being a leader

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Employee creating logo on computer

3 tips to optimize your creative talent

4 min read

When it comes to your creative employees, it’s about telling them what to do, not how to do it Nearly all companies want innovation and creativity to keep their business vital, but the fact is many executives aren’t overly comfortable working with creative individuals. Why? They often have fundamentally different mindsets. C-suiters tend to be…

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People highfiving

What I learned from watching a bunch of losers

10 min read

8 tips for creating better performing organizations in business and sports

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