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New Haven Decision on Firefighter Promotions

By Dennis Published: June 29, 2009

The New Haven decision is in. I guess you never want to say a predictable decision, but it probably was:


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Opportunities for Volunteering

By Dennis Published: June 25, 2009

The federal government has a site where interested individuals can look for volunteer opportunities and organizations can post their potential volunteer assignments. This is part of a federal government initiative to encourage service. You can check it out at

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New Tool for Determing Test Equivalence

By Dennis Published: June 24, 2009

Assessment Systems Corporation offers a number of very useful tools for the employment test developer. They have introduced a new program for establishing equivalent forms based on IRT theory. ASC released its new IRT Form Building Tool this week. The Form Building Tool is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet designed to aid in the assembly of test with IRT. It handles up to four forms simultaneously, and produces IRT figures and tables including the response functions and information functions for items, test forms, and the entire bank. To learn more or download the manual for evaluation, visit the website at

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More on Googling for Applicant Information

By Dennis Published: June 23, 2009

We have previously discussed googling for applicant information. According to a recent news item, the City of Bozeman, MT, takes this to a new extreme. According to the news item, and also our good friends at HR Tests:

Looking for a way to turn off qualified applicants in one easy step? The City of Bozeman, MT may have put its finger on it. Turns out they have had--for several years--a requirement that all applicants seeking a position with the City must, after a conditional job offer that required a background check, turn over their ID and passwords for all social networks they're on, including Facebook and Twitter. After a firestorm of criticism, they decided to suspend the policy pending "a more comprehensive evaluation."

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Jack Welch in Cleveland at Chancellor

By Dennis Published: June 22, 2009

For a city that needs some good news, on-the-surface this seems like an exciting development. Chancellor University is the former Myers University in Cleveland. They are going to have Jack Welch and Noel Tichy directing a new graduate management program at Chancellor. An interesting development in terms of what I feel is one of Northeast Ohio's great strengths, the location of a lot of top researchers and practitioners in the areas of management and human resource management. The article in Cleveland Crain's can be found here and the description at Chancellor here.

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The Plight of the Consultant

By Dennis Published: June 21, 2009

Not that I expect people to feel bad for consultants, seems highly unlikely possibility, but this video from Linda Brown of orgsuccess demonstrates what it feels like to be a consultant some days.

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Happy Father's Day - Goodbye Mr Mom

By Dennis Published: June 20, 2009

According to IPMA-HR and Career Builder:

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Workshop on Sports Psychology

By Dennis Published: June 13, 2009

Everyone is probably interested in sports psychology for one reason or another. For those with a professional interest, the following workshop is being offered for psychologists (and students):

10th Annual Sport Psychology Professional Training Workshop
Date: June 26-27, 2009

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Safety When Driving

By Dennis Published: June 6, 2009

Driving is one of the more complicated information processing tasks that any of us are asked to complete in our lifetime. It places a tremendous strain on our attentional resources and ability to respond quickly.

Camille Noe Pagan has written an interesting article on driving for women for Forbes magazine. You can check it out here. According to Pagan, "Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death in women under the age of 35, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and are also a major cause of traumatic brain injury and fatality in women of all ages."

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