Archive for July, 2010

The Importance of an Appreciative Environment within Zircon

July 28th, 2010

We understand the importance of working in a positive, appreciative environment. Zircon sent out an invitation to our Head Office Team, our Directors and our Business Managers to give appreciative feedback about one of our Zircon Team. We were both delighted and amazed by the rich variety and intensity of the feedback shared about one another and the amount of positive feedback given to our support team. We wanted to share some of this rich feedback with you: » Read more: The Importance of an Appreciative Environment within Zircon

COAST: A Flexible Approach to Personality Assessment

July 27th, 2010

A group of Zircon Directors, Business Managers and Associates took part in a COAST training day run by Alan and Donna of Criterion Partnership in July 2010. The training took the form of a relaxed, but informative, day in a funky hotel in sunny Brighton. » Read more: COAST: A Flexible Approach to Personality Assessment

Send the bosses into the Cockpit – Sunday Times 18 July 2010

July 20th, 2010

Psychometric tests are all very well but if you want to see how a boss copes under stress, ask him to land a Boeing 737-800.

“Running a modern aircraft is not really about flying skills,” said James Stevenson at Virtual Aviation, a flight training firm. “It’s more about how you manage your co-pilot the cabin crew, » Read more: Send the bosses into the Cockpit – Sunday Times 18 July 2010

The Pros and Cons of Measuring the Dark Side of Personality

July 16th, 2010

Rather than focusing only on leadership talents, research has also examined leadership failure and the reasons why leaders so frequently self destruct. Hogan states that this is due to a prevelance of the “dark side aspects of personality”. These darks sides are overused strengths under conditions of stress and pressure. The Hogan development Survey (HDS) measures 11 dispositions that are generally desirable, but flip under pressure if not managed well under pressure. For example, Confidence builds to Arrogance, and Diligence builds to Perfectionism under pressure. » Read more: The Pros and Cons of Measuring the Dark Side of Personality

Spinnaker Sailing: A platform for individual & team learning, coaching and engagement

July 11th, 2010

Using expert skippers and experienced crew some of whom are also experienced business / occupational psychologists and managers, Zircon and Spinnaker Yachts can offer you an experience that resonates with many people.  Sailing can be challenging, physically and mentally demanding and exhilarating or calming, relaxing and just pure enjoyment. » Read more: Spinnaker Sailing: A platform for individual & team learning, coaching and engagement

Identifying the best talent for your organisation.. Using the Zircon Talent Model

July 6th, 2010

Wanting to identify the best talent is nothing new in our industry – it is what most of our work revolves around in some way, shape or form. To that end we have formalised a model to help us communicate with our clients what we recommend measuring to gain a broad understanding of a person and their potential and fit for that organisation. They key is to recognise that not only are individuals unique but organisations are unique and therefore require tailored solutions. » Read more: Identifying the best talent for your organisation.. Using the Zircon Talent Model

Flying a Flight Simulator to Develop, Engage and Coach your Leaders

July 1st, 2010

How can you show your current and future leaders how much you value them and want to invest in them?

Do so, by investing in their professional development, offering them an exciting challenge that will also benefit your business – flying a Boeing 737-800 Full Flight Simulator. » Read more: Flying a Flight Simulator to Develop, Engage and Coach your Leaders