Episode 148: The Science of Human Personality with Dr. Brian Little

Craig is at YOW! Conference in Sydney and talks science and psychology with Dr. Brian Little, author of “Me, Myself and Us” and professor at Cambridge University and Carleton University and they analyse:

  • Keynote talk at YOW! 2016 “Personalities at Work
  • There are 5 dimensions of personality – OCEAN – openness, conscientiousness. extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism
  • Biogenic features of personality – neurophysiology, sociogenic and idiogenic
  • We can often act out of character, we are not bound by our biochemistry
  • What are the core projects in your life that drive your behaviour
  • Skeptical of personality tests at work such as Myers-Briggs because the results are not fixed, they are good for starting a conversation but deadly if they conclude a conversation
  • Don’t just ask “How are you doing?” but ask “Really, how are you doing?” to show that you are taking an interest and care in your people and their projects and aspirations
  • We need to look at the research in this space to find exercises that we can use in the workspace to better help and understand our people
  • “Me, Myself and Us” is written for the person who is waiting in Starbucks for that friend that is late again
  • TED talk “Who Are You, Really? The Puzzle of Personality” (it has 6 milliion views – about 5.99 million more than this podcast!)
  • Research is currently looking at the neuro-slant of personality traits

TheAgileRevolution-148 (24 minutes)

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