Archive for November, 2011

How Can Assessment Tools be Used in Redeployment or Redundancy Settings?

November 16th, 2011

At Zircon, we strive to help organisations during times when they need to put their best foot forward. With the use of assessment tools and coaching, we develop strategies that enable businesses to work more effectively, run more smoothly and enable employees to be more efficient. » Read more: How Can Assessment Tools be Used in Redeployment or Redundancy Settings?

Changes to the HDS Scale Names

November 11th, 2011

At Zircon we believe that understanding personality is vital to assessing and developing Talent and we use a number of personality questionnaires in order to achieve this. In a recent blog (“Zircon are bringing in a Strengths Tool to complement our Talent Model”) we reviewed how the personality psychometrics we use at Zircon fit with our model of Talent. One tool we considered was the HDS, which focuses primarily upon ‘dark sides’ that occur as a result of overused strengths. » Read more: Changes to the HDS Scale Names

Zircon at the Saville Talent Development Day

November 10th, 2011

On Wednesday 5th October Zircon Consultants Sarah Linton, Melissa Tyson and Ruth Sweetman attended the Saville Talent Development Day at Twickenham Stadium. The day was opened by Gabrielle Parry, Regional Director at Saville Consulting, followed by a morning of workshops. » Read more: Zircon at the Saville Talent Development Day

Talent Management is Being Neglected

November 3rd, 2011

A survey of 551 senior managers in the life sciences industry by RSA (a strategic partner of Zircon) revealed that over three quarters of the respondents are not managing their talent effectively. The survey revealed that:
• 90% of respondents to the survey said that talent management is crucial to their operations,
• 77% are not managing their talent effectively » Read more: Talent Management is Being Neglected

What is the difference between a competency and a capability?

November 1st, 2011

Increasingly Zircon Consultants are finding that our clients are asking for us to design Capability models rather than Competency models. So what is the difference? Ruth Sweetman our trainee Psychologist has done some research to understand the difference. We have found that the research is rather contradictory, while some authors use the two terms interchangeably others believe there is a real difference. We have therefore created a definition from our research and experience of working with clients in this area to help clarify the difference. » Read more: What is the difference between a competency and a capability?