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Wide-band personality inventories: comparing Hogan HPI, shl OPQ32r, Facet Five, and Trait-Map
06-08-2019
As the lead author of Trait-Map, a wide-band personality inventory, I am often asked to compare our product to other similar products on the market. This is not an easy task, because the considerations of model creation and questionnaire development are not easily understood by people who are not deeply in the topic. It also takes time to really understand a personality assessment tool beyond the marketing materials: the real information is hidden in the Technical Manuals, and as the name suggests, these documents are dry as the Sahara. I take an attempt to make a comparison as objective as I can to help readers in better understanding these mysterious products...
Psychometric data and The Power of Now
04-02-2019
As a developer of psychometric tools, I have a unique opportunity to view things from the perspective of psychometric data. I work with anonymized responses to questionnaire items from thousands of people from all over the world. The data enables me to gain insights into topics such as gender and cultural differences, the structure of personality, the drivers of employee engagement. And now even some claims put forward by Eckhart Tolle in his famous book...
Building a Cohesive Cross-Cultural Management Team – Case study
12-23-2018
This paper examines a real case of a Team-Building Workshop for a Cross-Cultural Management Team. An old saying says “You can see the Universe in a single raindrop”, and I believe one can see a lot through this single case. The article examines the linkages between the business situation of the Company and the workshop, and also highlights the connections of this single intervention with a broader team development effort, providing arguments for a systematic long-term management team development process approach instead of the popular “shopping around for good training programs” piece-meal approach.
How to structure a large-scale change intervention? Case Study
09-28-2018
I was presented recently with a typical challenge related to change management: how would you structure a large-scale OD project, a multi-year innovation journey? It was part of a case-study exercise in a consultant selection process. You can be an internal OD/HR leader or an external consultant; you may face the same challenge: how to put such a multi-layered, dynamic process into one high-level overview slide?
Lean Culture
08-22-2017
With the days of China being a low-cost country long over, its manufacturing is at risk of being squeezed between innovation leaders on the one side and low-cost competitors on the other. There is much discussion about automation and digitalisation of production but this requires a foundation in terms of operational excellence, which in most industries is simply not there yet. This article introduces a back-to-basics approach and the lean enterprise as a solution, because a vast potential is still untapped by many manufacturing companies.
Corporate Entrepreneurship in China
05-20-2017
During the past ten years the Chinese business landscape has changed profoundly. Chances are high that in the coming ten years speed of change will increase even further with game-changing transformations being around the corner. What will this mean for European companies with subsidiaries in China?
Applying Kotter's 8 Steps - Case Study
02-06-2016
This case study looks into a real company situation where change is needed: a manufacturing organization that has to “lose weight” and become agile in order to regain profitability. The analysis focuses on the human aspects and HRM considerations of the change, including suggestions to help the successful transition. The key message is reminding managers to address the human needs of employees by developing a comprehensive change management and communication plan...
Building Management Teams in China
09-10-2015
Some challenges are common in most part of the world: increasing competition; customers that want products faster, with better customization and quality and so on. These challenges are intensified by challenges with local flavors: quickly upcoming domestic competitors, “copycat products”, administrative hurdles. From the OB perspective, compared to large MNCs, SMEs additional challenge is how to create an effective company culture in China...
Change Management supported by Network Analysis (Case Study)
09-28-2013
In an organization with more than 3500 employees, the management badly felt the need for a new organizational structure to enable more effective and more flexible operations. This was not the first time the organization tried reorganizations. In the previous years there were several attempts, but the results were not satisfactory...
Is Organization Development suitable for my company?
09-26-2013
Read about what is OD, how it works, and why it is important. Learn about what kind of organizations it is suitable for, and get practical advice how to start it.
Leadership Competency Models in China
09-02-2013
I have seen several multinational companies in China failing to implement well their Leadership Competency Models. Typical problems are that their “global” documents are out of cultural context: some of the behavior descriptions sound foreign here...
OD-Map Case Study
08-24-2013
The Client is a Chinese software company developing cutting edge mobile apps and enterprise information systems for the traveling industry. The objective of the project was getting an accurate picture of the internal strengths and weaknesses of the organization, and improve employee engagement...
Custom 360 implementation process
08-22-2013
HRO Shanghai recently implemented a customized 360 solution, and the whole process was accomplished in just 10 days. What is the secret of such efficiency?