Category: Self-Assessments

How to Manage Stress at Work

If your job is causing you a lot of stress, you’re not alone. In a 2014 survey in the US, almost a third (31%) of the workers reported that they typically feel tense or stressed out during the work day. This number

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Self-Assessment: How Awe-Struck are You?

In a earlier post, I wrote about how feelings of awe can affect our decision making. Here you can take a quick self-assessment as to how often you experience awe in your own life. Note that this self-assessment is not a

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Am I a Procrastinator?

“I know that I am a procrastinator, but taking this survey made me realize just how bad it is!” – One of my students. Clarry Lay, a psychology professor at York University in Toronto created the “General Procrastination Scale” as

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New Productivity Coaching Group

Time is our most precious resource – are you getting the most out of yours? Or are you ready for a change?  My next productivity coaching group will come in a new format, starting with one-on-one sessions and an in-depth

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Where Can You Be Generous?

A Different Way to Look at Your “Unique Value Contribution” In an interview with Chase Jarvis, Seth Godin gave me a lot of food for thought when he suggested that we all ourselves this question: “Where are you being generous –

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Self-Assessment Part V: What Are Your Strengths?

I’m featuring two self-assessments here that focus on clarifying what your strengths are: the Clifton StrengthsFinder®, and the VIA Survey. The Clifton StrengthsFinder® was developed by the Gallup Organization. Based on a lot of interview data, they came up with 34 distinct patterns of strengths,

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Self-Assessment Part IV: A Career Development Tool For Academics

Continuing my series about self-assessments, the one I’m reviewing here is for academics: the myIDP. The myIDP is an Individual Development Plan for science careers, and is mainly targeted to grad students and postdocs, with the goal of helping them define and

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Self-Assessments Part III: The Myth of Personality Types

Or: Mind the Bell-Curve First of all, here’s a fun article about the Myers Briggs (MBTI) that I wish I had written myself. It speaks from my heart. But even apart from the Myers Briggs, any theory claiming that people

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Self-Assessments Part II: Career Development

Im my last post, where I discussed a free personality self-assessment, I promised to write more about self-assessments, in particular provide information about a test that is more geared towards career development. Here is a website that offers several free

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Just for Fun: Assessing Your Personality

My clients sometimes ask me if I could do a personality assessment with them. Although I don’t think that’s usually necessary, I understand that learning more about our own personality, and how we compare to other people, can be fascinating

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