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Tips for Making Leadership Development an Organizational Competitive Advantage

Elisa M. Torres and Samantha Dubrow, George Mason University, Industrial-Organizational Psychology

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Across nearly every industry, work requires leaders to be equipped with the necessary tools to provide innovative solutions to complex problems their organizations face. Many organizations recognize the tremendous impact leadership has on their overall performance, which is evident by the billions of dollars spent by organizations in the US on leader and leadership development each year. Successful leader and leadership development in organizations should begin with an “assessment of readiness” regarding the current state of individual leaders and the organization’s leadership capacity. 

New Episode of the I-O Podcast Now Available

SIOP Administrative Office

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Elliot Lasson, PhD, and Kyana Beckles, MPS, are the guests on the fourth episode of SIOP’s I-O Podcast series, “Industrious and Organized: The I-O Entrepreneur,” now available on the SIOP website.

Elliot Lasson (left) is professor and director of the Master of Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Rockville, Maryland. He has operated professionally in the private, public, consulting, and nonprofit sectors.

Self-Compassion and Work-Life Balance

Elaina Loveland

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Affordable and Teachable Resource May Benefit Workers and Employers

It seems that the term “mindfulness” is all the rage now for both personal fulfillment and for professionals in the business world. The concept of mindfulness is just one component of the more comprehensive concept of “self-compassion.”

Jessica M. Nicklin, PhD, associate professor of psychology and director for the online master’s program in organizational psychology at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut, set out to study self-compassion and how it influences work–life balance in the study, “Positive Work–Life Outcomes: Leveraging Self-Compassion and Balance.”

SIOP Professional Practice Book Offers Advanced Training Practices

Mariah Clawson, SIOP Communications Intern

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Creating, Implementing, and Managing Effective Training and Development: State-of-the-Art Lessons for Practice offers the most advanced training practices available today for your work organization. HR professionals; business leaders; practitioners who are selling, implementing, and evaluating training systems regularly; and those in performance consulting will find a wealth of information in this SIOP Professional Practice Series edition.

In this multiauthored book, often-unshared breakthroughs from several training disciplines are combined with guidelines useful to implement and maintain a state-of-the-art training program.

Diversity as a Small Business Strategy

Robin Gerrow

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Early Implementation of Diversity Policies Help Set the Stage for Future Success

New small businesses and start-ups have their hands full with the basic ABCs of launching. For those with an eye on growth, adding the D of diversity from the start can have a big impact down the road.

In a new study by Dr. Kelly Weeks of Rhodes College, Dr. Myrtle Bell of The University of Texas at Arlington, and Dr. Jennifer Sequeira and Dr. SherRhonda Gibbs of the University of Southern Mississippi, the researchers posit that new small firms benefit as much from employee racial diversity as larger, more established companies. With a dearth of research on smaller organizations, they turned to existing research on large firms to argue their point and come up with practical recommendations for organizations.

 

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