27–29 September 2017, Churchill College, Cambridge

How Personality Matters

A 60 minute Keynote by:

Dr Brian Little

About this Keynote

Why has this project gone off the rails? Why are the stakeholders getting grumpy? Who started the ludicrous rumour that I am, in essence, a total jerk?

These kinds of questions arise often in everyday software development projects and they underscore a vitally important point - differences in personality play a key role in whether our lives flounder or flourish.

Drawing on the latest research in personality science, Professor Little will explore how personality traits play a key role in how we make decisions, interact with others and handle the stresses of complex lives. He will also discuss how our 'personal projects' bring an added level of complexity to the more formal projects we are managing.

Finally, he will discuss his own concept of 'free traits' in which people act out of character in the pursuit of their core personal projects. This illustrates the agility required for managing ourselves and respecting those we care about. From this perspective, human personality is intriguing, hilarious, complex, frustrating, noble and massively consequential.

About the Speaker

An internationally acclaimed scholar of personality psychology, Dr. Brian Little’s pioneering research on how personal projects and ‘free traits’ create agility in our lives has become an important way of explaining and enhancing human flourishing.

Professor Little teaches at the University of Cambridge in Psychology and the Judge Business School. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, and has previously taught at Oxford, Harvard and McGill Universities.

Brian’s bestselling book, Me Myself and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-being has been translated into many languages, and his new book, Who are You Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality, based on his wildly popular 2016 TED talk, will be published later this year.


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