Where Psychology Meets Performance
Dr Paul Englert is a Singapore-based I/O psychologist and academic. He is the founder of OPRA Consulting Group, a company that worked with businesses to help recruit, develop and retain high-performing staff through customised HR solutions, coaching, and psychology. OPRA was sold to Assessment and Talent Management solutions company PSI in 2021.
Born and educated in New Zealand, Paul has over two decades of experience in the field of I/O psychology. He is a published academic writer with twenty articles and book chapters currently in publication. His specialty is psychometrics; and he has published in areas as diverse as cognitive ability, personality and cultural differences in psychometric tests.
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
“Carefully observe oneself and one’s situation, carefully observe others, and carefully observe one’s environment. Consider fully, act decisively.”
“Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem, and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence – and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself – your self-esteem – is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life.”
Setting a Higher Bar for Executive Coaches
The executive coaching bar is not a regulation but simply requires the same degree of self-awareness and congruence between thought and action that we ask of our clients.
On Assessment Tests: “For personality assessment the key is to be yourself. Do not try and second-guess the assessment but rather answer honestly and openly.” – The Daily Telegraph, UK
On Single vs. Integrated HR Systems: “As the needs of the business change so too will the technology requirements. This requires a flexible and open minded technology partner who is willing and capable of integrating various technologies to create the specific solution that is right for your business.” – Recruitment Extra, Australia
Englert, P. and Plimmer, G. (2019) Moving From Classical Test Theory to the Evaluation of Usefulness: A Theoretical and Practical Examination of Alternative Approaches to the Development of Career Tools for Job Seekers. Journal of Employment Counseling, 56: 20-32. doi:10.1002/joec.12100
Englert, P., Doczi, M., & Jackson, D.J.R. (2014) Needs-based assessment: A model for profiling, assisting, and empowering job seekers. Journal of Employment Counselling, 51(1), 31-43.
Jackson, D.J.R., & Englert, P. (2011). Task-based assessment centre scores and their relationships with work outcomes. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40(2), 37-46.