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How To Be More Innovative? – take a shower | Gary Dumais, Psy.D., SPHR

Woman thinking in shower

Have you ever heard someone say, “My best ideas come to me in the shower”, or experienced something similar yourself? In my work as an Executive Coach, managers and business leaders often ask me how they can become more innovative, as their success depends on thinking creatively and generating “out-of-the-box” ideas. So, I usually begin by …

Experts vs. Tools | Employee Assessment | Gary Dumais, Psy.D., SPHR

Gary Dumais Swiss Army Knife

If you had a serious medical or legal problem, you’d seek the best physician or lawyer you could find.  Notice you’d be focused on finding the right person; ideally an expert with the right credentials and experience to resolve your problem.  Especially when matters are complex and there’s a lot at stake, consulting with experts …

How to Identify Weaponized Feedback | Gary Dumais | Select Human Resources

Gary Dumais businessman with bat

Has so-called “constructive feedback” ever been used to undermine you or someone you know?  If so, you’ve probably experienced what I refer to as “weaponized feedback”.  And from what I’ve observed during my work with companies as a business psychologist, the use of weaponized feedback is unfortunately on the rise. The most important element (and …

Best Practices for Assessing Job Candidates | Gary Dumais | Select Human Resources

Bad Hire Assessment Phoropter

What is a “candidate selection assessment”? When I moved to Philadelphia about ten years ago, I was surprised to find that many companies had never heard of a “selection assessment”.  Instead, they were using only traditional candidate screening methods such as interviews and reference checks.  I found this to be especially interesting given that surrounding …

Communication Tip: “The Medium is the Message”

Surprisingly, the most important part of communication is NOT what you say or write.  For example, imagine you’re walking down a busy city street and see a disheveled man holding a sign saying, “The World Ends Today”.  Most likely, you wouldn’t be too concerned about the world ending.  In contrast, imagine you turned on your …

How candid should you be about your weaknesses during a job interview?

People seeking advice about the best way to approach a job interview often ask me this question, as I have conducted thousands of interviews over my career as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource Consultant.  In my experience, a clear trend emerges: people who are the most experienced, qualified, successful, etc. are more candid about …