Monday, May 15, 2006

Time Bomb Fathers Create Good HR Managers

According to psychologist and author Stephan Poulter, success or failure in the workplace is closely related to the kind of father you had while growing up.

In his new book, Dr. Poulter tells us that time-bomb or explosive fathers raise children who are very intuitive and good at reading people. He suggests that these children may grow up to become excellent personnel managers or negotiatiors.


Other father types outlined include the Super Achiever Father, Passive Father, Absent Father and Compassionate / Mentor Father

In the recent news story on this subject, William Pollack, a psychology professor and director of the Centers for Men and Young Men at McLean Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School agrees. "There's been a good deal of research to show not only that our family-life experience and our experience with our parents affects our personality, but it affects our corporate personality, both as leaders and followers."

Pollack continued, "There's also good research to show that for men and women, the way they identify with their father and their father's role may well affect how they interact as a manager or leader in the workplace."

Most of the intuitive HR people that I know did not develop their intuitiveness because of an explosive father but it is interesting to look at how positive personality traits may develop out of negative experiences.

Those interested in the psychology of personality and how it affects the workplace might be interested in two previous blog posts:
Why People Follow the Leader
Does Birth Order Influence Acceptance of New Ideas


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny on my blog I posted this about my dad for Fathers Day - my dad had an incredible empathy with people and although people say I take after him I think "If only". I will never forget the lesson that my dad taught people - no matter what you want to achieve remember it will always be with people....think people first. As I said in my post although times have changed in technology, times rarely change in terms of the lessons about how to treat those around you. Great posting really like your style!

3:11 AM, June 27, 2006  

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