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Cited references from EffortQuest

Cited referencesDid you know that 87% of all speakers make up the statistics they reference during their speeches?


Actually, what you just read is not true—we fabricated that statistic to demonstrate how easy it is to provide believable, potentially-misleading information. And although the statistic was invented to make a point, the sad truth is many people provide facts and figures they claim are valid—even though there is no solid research or statistically significant data to back up their claim. Just because it sounds believable does not make it the truth!


In the People Management Essentials workshop, Neil Dempster occasionally cited statistics and/or research studies. Listed below are the references to back up his data. All references are listed in alphabetical order based on author.



Research demonstrating that managers have a significant impact on the employee's transfer of learning.

  • Broad, M.L., & Newstrom, J.W. (2002). Transfer of training. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.


Discussion of the limitations individuals place on themselves as it pertains to continuous learning (maximizing the use of all levels of intelligence).

  • Gardner, H. (1983, pp. 59-70). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. New York, NY: Basic Books.


Discussion of financial impact (ROI) of organizational investment in high-performance work practices.

  • Huselid, M. (1995, pp. 656-658). The impact of human resource management practices on turnover, productivity, and corporate financial performance. Academy of Management Journal 38(3).


Research demonstrating how creativity changes as individuals age and the impact of environmental conditions on the creative process.

  • Land, G., & Jarman, B. (1992, pp. 153-154). Breakpoint and beyond: Mastering the future—today. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.


Discussion of research demonstrating that approximately 50 percent of almost every personality trait is attributable to genetic inheritance.

  • Seligman, M. E. P. (2002, p. 47). Authentic happiness: Using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. New York, NY: The Free Press.


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