Entrepreneurs and the Environment

April 12th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

In Zircon’s previous blog, Dr Amanda Potter and Melissa Tyson identified five characteristics that have been shown to be significantly higher in Entrepreneurs than Line Managers including: the Need for Achievement, Internal Locus of Control, Problem Solving Orientation, Interpersonal Reactivity and Assertiveness. » Read more: Entrepreneurs and the Environment

Seven Helpful Things to Know About Achieving Change in Organisations

April 5th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

The plan is not the change

All too often those involved in creating the plan for change believe this to be the most essential part of the process, worthy of extended time and effort, while implementation is seen as ‘just’ a matter of communicating and rolling out the plan. Plans are a story of hope. Change happens when people change their habitual patterns of communication and intervention in a meaningful and sustainable way. » Read more: Seven Helpful Things to Know About Achieving Change in Organisations

Zircon are presenting at the ABP Conference 2012 – ‘Shaping our future’

March 28th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

Zircon are conducting a piece of Talent Management research, exploring the difference in perceptions of the definition, application and success of Talent Management between its Originators (HR and Talent Directors) and Implementers (Line Managers and Directors). The research explores the difference in definition, application and success of Talent Management Strategies within 85 Private, Public and Not for Profit Organisations. We are presenting the results at the 12th Annual Association of Business Psychology (ABP) Conference on 10th-12th May, 2012 and hope that you will join us. » Read more: Zircon are presenting at the ABP Conference 2012 – ‘Shaping our future’

What Makes a Good Entrepreneur?

March 22nd, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

Within Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and the team have been talking to clients about Entrepreneurial Characteristics. As part of this work we have completed some desk research into the traits and characteristics that have been used to define and useful in explaining the past successes and in predicting the future development of Entrepreneurs. According to Begley and Boyd some of these include » Read more: What Makes a Good Entrepreneur?

Using Positive Psychology to Produce High Performing Teams

March 15th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

At Zircon we use positive psychology throughout our talent management work. As part of our research, Amanda Potter came across the following article written by Sarah Lewis. This looks at using positive psychology to produce high performing teams through three key areas: Positivity, Strengths and Motivation. » Read more: Using Positive Psychology to Produce High Performing Teams

Is the Locus of Control Theory valid in Talent Management?

March 6th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

Zircon has recently been talking to clients about the relevance of the Locus of Control theory in talent management. This is a personality theory, referring to the extent to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them. The concept was developed by Julian B. Rotter in 1954, and has since become an important aspect of personality studies. One’s “locus” (Latin for “place” or “location”) can either be internal (meaning the person believes that they control their life) or external (meaning they believe that their environment, some higher power, or other people control their decisions and their life). » Read more: Is the Locus of Control Theory valid in Talent Management?

Planning for Growth in an Uncertain Market – What is your plan?

February 29th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

Dr Amanda Potter wanted to me (Ruth Sweetman) to share a recent podcast by Fiona Czerniawska which looks at planning for growth in an uncertain market. Zircon recognises Fiona’s pointers for growth and that consultancies have to be careful within an uncertain market. » Read more: Planning for Growth in an Uncertain Market – What is your plan?

Team Zircon’s Victory at Charity Quiz Night for ITSE!

February 24th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

Recently, Zircon was invited to a charity Quiz night hosted by Clodagh O’Reilly and Teresa Duyile of HSBC to offer support to the charity ISTE. We are very proud to say that team Zircon won!!!

Zircon would like to help in raising the charity’s profile, so please read on for further information. The Improving Society Through Education (ISTE) foundation is a Not for Profit organisation incorporated in the United Kingdom. » Read more: Team Zircon’s Victory at Charity Quiz Night for ITSE!

Ten Top Tips for Graduates Seeking Employment!

February 22nd, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

At Zircon, we are committed to working with organisations to research, define, design and launch graduate assessment programmes. Most of our research focuses on the requirements of the hiring organisation, however Dr Amanda Potter (a member of the UEL Alumni Network) found these tips for graduates seeking employment in the University of East London’s UEL Matters magazine and feel it is useful for potential new graduates. If you are looking for that elusive graduate-level job or want to move up the ladder, the ten tips below could be of use. » Read more: Ten Top Tips for Graduates Seeking Employment!

Porter’s Five Tests of a Good Strategy

February 13th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

As management consultants we know at Zircon that it is crucial to have a good business strategy and to use it to work with our clients to help them develop a future focused/forward looking and sustainable strategy. According to Michael Porter, a strategy is about making choices that lead to a sustainably superior performance. » Read more: Porter’s Five Tests of a Good Strategy