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

Ten Top Leadership Tips for a Positive and Appreciative 2012

February 9th, 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 ten positive and appreciative tips to maximise best leadership practice. As we are currently researching the use of positive psychology in talent management as part of large talent management survey, we thought we would share this with you. » Read more: Ten Top Leadership Tips for a Positive and Appreciative 2012

Designing an Organisational Survey

January 10th, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

We recently found an interesting discussion on rating scales which is very important when carrying out any form of research in organisations. As Zircon is currently undertaking our own research project into Talent Management, we are very interested to see what is currently being found and discussed. Here are some key pointers from the discussion which are worth noting. » Read more: Designing an Organisational Survey

Zircon are Launching Talent Management Research

January 6th, 2012 by Ruth No comments »

What does Talent Management mean to organisations, now and in the future?

At Zircon we are currently conducting research (to be completed by March 2012) into how Talent Management is perceived by employees of public, private and non-profit organisations. Zircon are working to learn more about how companies approach Talent Management. The aim of the research is to fully understand how organisations perceive their talent management strategy, its importance and applicability, and the level of return on investment. » Read more: Zircon are Launching Talent Management Research

The Zircon Green Policy

January 3rd, 2012 by sarahgreen No comments »

At Zircon we are passionate about being ‘green’ and strongly believe that we have a responsibility to operate as a sustainable business. We have therefore implemented a new Green Policy which aims to communicate to our remote working associates the importance of being ‘green’ and demonstrate to our clients how we seek to minimise our impact upon the environment. » Read more: The Zircon Green Policy

Happy Christmas from the Zircon Team!

December 23rd, 2011 by sarahgreen No comments »

After another successful year at Zircon we would like to send our biggest Christmas wishes out to all. We hope you have all had a fantastic 2011 and that next year will be even better.

This year Zircon took on a variety of challenges and activities from Talent Management to sailing. We have had some excellent work experience students, focused on going green, and one of our Directors helped to raise £190,000 for Marie Curie by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! What a Year!

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2012!

The Zircon Team
Amanda, Julie, Sarah, Sally, Melissa, Ruth and Sarah

Zircon are using the Strengthscope Tool for Assessment and Development

December 1st, 2011 by sarahgreen No comments »

Dr Amanda Potter arranged for some of the Zircon team to join Heidrick and Struggles on Wednesday 23rd November for Strengthscope Accreditation Training. The training took place at Heidrick & Struggles offices where 15 delegates received training from James Brook (Strengths Partnership). » Read more: Zircon are using the Strengthscope Tool for Assessment and Development

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

November 16th, 2011 by MelissaTyson No comments »

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 by sarahgreen No comments »

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