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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.



Toxic talent management habits

All organisations have problems, and they always involve people. Indeed, talent management issues are a major cause of organisational underperformance. For example, a recent report by Deloitte, based on data from over 2,500 business and human resources leaders from more than 90 countries, shows that employers around the world are poorly prepared to tackle key human capital challenges, such as “leadership, retention and engagement, the re-skilling of HR and talent acquisition.” I see five specific bad talent habits over and over again. They all threaten the effectiveness of the modern organisation, says Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in The Hindu.

Published: Aug 22, 2014 2:59:07 PM


When death goes viral: mourning celebrities on social media

Although the recent death of Robin Williams generated millions of tweets, people’s fascination with celebrity deaths is far from new. The Egyptians and Mayans built colossal monuments to worship their royals; the Greeks and Romans organised massive funerals to commemorate poets and military heroes. In the 19th century, Victor Hugo’s funeral drew millions of people to the streets of Paris, and we all remember Diana’s funeral, writes Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in The Guardian Media Network Blog. More...

Published: Aug 21, 2014 11:25:52 AM

Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

Earlier this year, British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, riled Guardian readers with a provocative article claiming to dispel the myth of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either, writes Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL SELCS) in The  Conversation.

Published: Aug 19, 2014 10:39:30 AM


Kim Kardashian: why we love her and the psychology of celebrity worship

Two things are particularly striking about Kim Kardashian. The first is how she has managed to catch the attention of the global media. The second is that there are so many reasons why she shouldn't be famous. Indeed, it is tempting to suggest that in a logical world Kim Kardashian would be a peripheral citizen rather than a modern cultural icon. Is Kim just another symptom of postmodernist confusion and cultural decline, or is there a deeper psychological explanation for her fame? Writes Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in The Guardian Media Network Blog. More...

Published: Aug 14, 2014 3:20:19 PM

Dr Marco Aponte-Moreno

The world’s best leaders are cast as themselves in a play that never ends

When Hillary Clinton welled up in response to an innocuous question about how she keeps so upbeat on the presidential campaign trail in 2008, people took notice. To the surprise of pollsters, she won the primary in question – New Hampshire – despite trailing her opponent Barack Obama before the tears. A display of weaknesses such as this is one of the most fundamental qualities of inspirational leadership. Expressing sincere vulnerability allows leaders to communicate their humanity and accessibility, and it seems the people of New Hampshire were swayed, writes Dr Marco Aponte-Moreno (UCL Management Science & Innovation) in The Conversation.

Published: Aug 14, 2014 10:30:16 AM