Archive for the ‘development’ category

Why you should want to hire a ‘Spiky’ Leader

October 1st, 2015

Strengths, also known as energisers, are the things that we do well and find motivating and energising. We use our strengths to achieve our objectives, sometimes without even realising that we are using them.

This blog challenges the traditional “vanilla” method of assessment that requires leaders to be good at everything and promotes the “spiky” leader profile where leaders excel in their strengths but have allowable weaknesses. » Read more: Why you should want to hire a ‘Spiky’ Leader

It is never too early to get Work Experience

September 28th, 2015

I am seventeen and I am currently half way through my A-levels. I’m in the same position as a lot of people my age – trying to figure what to study and what career to go into. I have always had an interest in Psychology as my dad – Alan Beggs often talks to me about his experiences as a Psychologist. I always knew it was a diverse subject but I wanted to understand how could be applied to the world of business. Zircon gave me the ideal insight. » Read more: It is never too early to get Work Experience

Strategic Recruitment Summit (SRS) Europe 2015 Conference with Dr Amanda Potter

September 23rd, 2015

The Zircon and Talent Gene® Team are pleased to announce that we will be attending the 2015 Strategic Recruitment European Summit at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, London Victoria, on the 29th September. » Read more: Strategic Recruitment Summit (SRS) Europe 2015 Conference with Dr Amanda Potter

Strengths and Engagement?

September 18th, 2015

Is there relationship between using your Strengths at work and how engaged you are?

It is likely that you will have different preferred strengths to your friends and team. Whilst you might have a preference for environments where you can be meticulous, your friend might prefer an environment where they can be a risk taker. » Read more: Strengths and Engagement?

What are your Core Personal Values?

September 14th, 2015

Within Zircon we agreed that Tenets, also known as personal values, are a set of broad preferences reflecting a person’s sense of what is “right or wrong” or what “ought to be”. Tenets (or values) are inherent to how an individual behaves, how they are guided and how they interact with others. Values are something that a person has, believes in, or owns. Tenets influence both attitude and behaviour. » Read more: What are your Core Personal Values?

Do Values have a place in Talent Assessment?

September 11th, 2015

Increasingly we talk about the importance of values in assessment and they are regarded by many to be a critical part of the assessment process. Values are our core and pertaining beliefs that influence our personal and career decisions, behaviour and impact our level of potential to succeed. They can however vary widely depending on the circumstance. Research has demonstrated that if the values of an individual are congruent with organisational values, the individual is likely to be motivated to stay with the company, perform and deliver. » Read more: Do Values have a place in Talent Assessment?

Taking a holistic approach to interviewing

September 9th, 2015

The future needs of businesses are changing, therefore taking on a more holistic approach to identifying the right candidate is becoming increasingly popular.  For the past 20 years the traditional competency interview has been a popular technique for candidate assessment.  The competency interview has moderate predictive validity of 0.3, there is always scope to improve the level of validity. Combined assessment methods or assessment centres are one way of increasing the validity levels of assessment by looking at an individual’s capability across different tasks, allowing measurement of different behaviours. » Read more: Taking a holistic approach to interviewing

Six Ways to make you more Persuasive

September 7th, 2015

Why are some people more impactful and persuasive than others? How can some people have greater influence and persuade others more easily? Cialdini identified six elements to successful persuasion (1984). We have examined these six elements and can see their relevance today. » Read more: Six Ways to make you more Persuasive

Experience, Self-Efficacy and Employability

September 4th, 2015

Changing one’s career, even while it might be highly desired, is no easy task.  Even more so when perhaps you are a little older than the average graduate! There are so many things you need to attend to in order to make that transition a successful one.  So I made sure that as well as enrolling on a well reputed MSc course, I also enrolled in the university mentoring scheme and was lucky enough to be assigned a Business Psychologist as a mentor. » Read more: Experience, Self-Efficacy and Employability

The Power of Persuasion & Personality Type

August 24th, 2015

Plenty has been researched and written on the science of persuasion and influence, including the incredibly valuable 6 ethical principles of persuasion from Dr Robert B Cialdini and the succinct 4 styles of influence published by Ashridge Business School.  Even more is available in the psychological literature on personality type and how individual differences and preferences effect how our clients communicate, learn and make judgements (including buying decisions).  The literature from OPP and CPP on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator most easily comes to mind. » Read more: The Power of Persuasion & Personality Type