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In a Nutshell: Big 5 Personality Traits (OCEAN Model)


The five-factor model (FFM), or more commonly known as the “Big Five” theory of personality, does not have a single, identifiable inventor. Instead, there are several independent sets of researchers that were involved in the development and clarification of the Big Five dimensions over several decades.

Jul 3, 2014

Topics: Psychology- Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Cognitive Dissonance

 


Cognitive dissonance is one of the best-known and most prolifically documented theories in social psychology. Leon Festinger first coined the term in his 1957 book, "A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance."

Jun 11, 2014

Topics: Psychology- Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: 70:20:10 Learning Model

Similar to unravelling the backstory of many popular business models, there is no consensus on the origin of the 70:20:10 philosophy or any documented record of who first presented it in the ratio format that appears so widespread today.

Jun 6, 2014

Topics: Learning & Development- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Strengths-Based Thinking (Strengths Movement)

 


The origins of writings that explore the importance of strengths go back many decades. One of the earliest and most notable was Peter Drucker who said, "A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all."

May 26, 2014

Topics: Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Transformational Leadership

 


Transformational leadership is one of the most popular, well-researched and well-respected theories of leadership that exists today. Research conducted by Lowe and Gardner involving content analysis of The Leadership Quarterly issues published from 1990 to 2000 found that over one third (34%) of all research was on the subject.

May 2, 2014

Topics: Leadership- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Appreciative Inquiry

 


Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a popular approach used by OD consultants that was pioneered by a US professor of organisational behaviour called David Cooperrider in the mid 1980s.

May 1, 2014

Topics: Human Resources- Culture & Organisational Development- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: The Balanced Scorecard

 


The balanced scorecard (BSC), in its various forms, is one of the most popular and influential management ideas ever developed. According to a 2010 annual survey by Bain & Company, it was found to be the most widely used performance management framework in the world.

Apr 4, 2014

Topics: Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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In a Nutshell: Situational Leadership

 


Situational Leadership® is one of the most well known and widely used models in leadership development training.

Mar 28, 2014

Topics: Leadership- Human Resources- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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