Liane Davey in 2014
|Born||1972 (age 44–45)|
Education and career
During 1989 to 1993 Davey completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and from 1993 to 1999 completed both a Master of Applied Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She published several papers including Preference for the Merit Principle Scale: An Individual Difference Measure of Distributive Justice Preferences and Justice-based opposition to social policies: Is it genuine? She was employed as a Senior Consultant at Watson Wyatt from 1998-2005 and then joined Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions where she presently serves as Vice President of Team Solutions.
Davey has served on the executive of the Canadian Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and as an evaluator for the APA Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Psychology Foundation and is Chair of the Foundation’s Diversity in Action project promoting mental health in immigrant communities.
Davey co-authored her first book, Leadership Solutions: The Pathway to Bridge the Leadership Gap in 2010 with David S. Weiss and Vince Molinaro on the topic of leadership, but more recently she has been focussed on teams. Specifically, in her second book, You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done her thesis is that although healthy teams can be highly productive, they can sometimes slip into counter-productive behaviors that undercut the intended productivity benefit. She identifies several such pathologies; first, glibly agreeable behavior ("Bobblehead teams"); second, teams that only act when a disaster strikes ("Crisis junkies"); third, teams that engage in passive-aggressive backstabbing ("Bleeding Back teams"); fourth, teams where most members sit around and watch one or two members do all the work ("Spectator teams"); and last, teams that engage in fighting for fighting's sake ("Royal Rumble teams").
She claims that a single team member who recognizes these bad habits (the "You" in the book's title, "You First") can cure the whole team by practicing five counteracting habits; first, cure any jaundiced attitude by adopting a fresh start with a positive assumption; second, add one's full value; third, amplify other voices; fourth, know when to say no; and last embrace productive conflict.
In October 2013, her book ranked #8 and #7 on two New York Times Bestseller Lists, namely "Hardcover Business Books" and "Advice, How-to, & Miscellaneous," respectively. In addition, it ranked #67 overall in USA Today Bestselling Books that same month.
- "Psychology Foundation of Canada: BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2012/2013".
- Davey, Liane (March 1, 2014). "Are You Being Defensive?". Psychology Today. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- David S. Weiss; Vince Molinaro; Liane Davey (4 March 2010). Leadership Solutions: The Pathway to Bridge the Leadership Gap. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-67562-5. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Liane Davey (23 September 2013). You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-118-63670-1. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Davey, Liane. "About Liane Davey". Change Your Team. Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "Liane Davey: LinkedIn Profile". LinkedIn. May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- Davey, Liane M.; Bobocel, D. Ramona; Son Hing, Leanne S.; Zanna, Mark P. (September 1999). "Preference for the Merit Principle Scale: An Individual Difference Measure of Distributive Justice Preferences". Social Justice Research. 12 (3): 223–240. doi:10.1023/A:1022148418210. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- Bobocel, D. Ramona; Son Hing, Leanne S.; Davey, Liane M.; Stanley, David J.; Zanna, Mark P. (Sep 1998). "Justice-based opposition to social policies: Is it genuine?". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 75 (3): 653–669. doi:10.1037/0022-35220.127.116.113. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "Liane Davey: Bio". knightsbridge.com. Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- "Laney Davey: Bio". psychologytoday.com. Psychology Today. May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- Immen, Wallace (June 10, 2010). "Lessons in leadership spill from BP". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "The New York Times Bestsellers: Hardcover Business Books: October 2013". The New York Times. October 6, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "The New York Times Bestsellers: Advice, How-to, & Miscellaneous: October 2013". The New York Times. October 13, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "USA Today Bestselling Books: You First". October 3, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2014.