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February 19, 2021

Hire Smarter Episode 16: Dr. Robert Hogan, Founder of Hogan Assessments

Welcome to our latest episode of Hire Smarter. Our mission is to help building materials industry leaders adopt best practices for hiring talent while helping professionals make better career decisions.

How good are you at predicting who will be a great leader?

The irony of this question is that we can all list the poor leaders we have worked for rather quickly. It was no secret everyone knew who they were. And yet, consistently making great leadership hiring decisions remains a challenge. Our guest today is Dr. Robert Hogan, the founder of Hogan Assessments. Hogan Assessments remains the leading professional assessment tool in the world. Dr. Hogan, Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Past Professor of Psychology at Johns Hopkins University, Past Psychology Department Chair at the University of Tulsa, and author of several books. Dr. Hogan’s research and years’ experience helping companies make great leadership hiring decisions and backtesting the process along the way has earned Hogan Assessments top honors.

If we know the top 3 traits that predict great leaders, why do companies continue to be so poor at it?

Dr. Hogan states: “I am an absolute maniac on leadership, and this is where everybody gets it wrong. So how do you find good leaders? Well, that’s probably not even a worthwhile question. The question is getting rid of the bad ones. What is the base rate of managerial competence in corporate America? 65-75% of the US workforce would take a pay cut if someone fired their boss. 65-75% of the US workforce say the most stressful, awful part of their life is their immediate boss. 20% of the Baltimore workforce say they fantasize about murdering their boss.”  

What is your best tool for improving the ability to coach and top-grade your leaders?

To provide some foundational information, the following are the 3 legacy Hogan Assessments we cover:

The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) describes normal or bright-side personality – qualities that describe how we relate to others when we are at our best. Whether your goal is to find the right hire or develop stronger leaders, assessing normal personality gives you valuable insight into how people work, how they lead, and how successful they will be.

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) describes the dark side of personality – qualities that emerge in times of increased strain and can disrupt relationships, damage reputations, and derail people’s chances of success. By assessing dark-side personality, you can recognize and mitigate performance risks before they become a problem.

 The Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) describes personality from the inside – the core goals, values, drivers, and interests that determine what we desire and strive to attain. By assessing values, you can understand what motivates candidates to succeed and what type of position, job, and environment they will be the most productive.


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