Ahead of our next thefuturestory event - The Power of One, at RADA studios on October 15th, we've asked our speakers three questions to give you some insight into their talks on the day. Second up is Dr Rob Yeung, an organisational psychologist at the leadership consulting firm Talentspace. Rob will be sharing research into what individual skills contribute to people's success in business and presenting four of those skills that he believes help employees climb the organisational ladder. Why did you agree to speak at thefuturestory?

I’ve been frustrated for many years now that there is a lot of unsubstantiated waffle written about management and success in the workplace.  Often, you get a successful leader or entrepreneur speaking or writing about why he or she was successful.  But it’s basically what they think made them successful rather than being based on any data.

When it comes to medicine and the use of drugs to treat serious diseases, we wouldn’t just go with a pharmaceutical company’s belief that something is helpful.  We would want data to prove that something works.  And I believe the same should be true in management and leadership.  Thankfully, there is lots of great research being conducted on what helps people to succeed and I’d like to share just a few snippets of it with the audience.

It’s probably my single biggest professional passion.  Whether it’s in the books I’ve had published or the consulting work I do with clients, I try to base recommendations on data and scientific studies on what works.

How did you get into your current profession?

I’m an organisational psychologist, so I studied a first degree and then completed a doctorate in psychology.  But I think my motivation to get into psychology was essentially because I’m curious and like to poke around in other people’s heads, understanding their motivations and what makes them tick!

After finishing my doctorate, I worked as a financial and strategic management consultant for a few years at The Boston Consulting Group and then came back to psychological consulting.  So I’ve been an organisational psychologist for nearly 20 years now.

What do you hope the audience will get out of your talk?

I hope the audience will do two things.  Firstly, understand the importance of collecting evidence when it comes to understanding what works in management, human resources and related disciplines.  Secondly, to take away a couple of practical tips that they can hopefully apply the very next day at work.

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