Archive for the ‘development’ category

Inspirational Leadership (Part2): Intrapersonal Qualities

January 21st, 2016

In our previous blog entry, we highlighted seven distinct qualities associated with Inspirational Leadership. These factors can be split into two broad, distinctive groups of attributes thought to be characteristic of an Inspirational Leader; the first of which are intrapersonal or emotional qualities:

We found four intrapersonal predictors of Inspirational Leadership including: Integrity, Charisma, Drive and Vision. » Read more: Inspirational Leadership (Part2): Intrapersonal Qualities

Zircon Management Consulting a rare gem of an opportunity

January 18th, 2016

At the start of the year I began looking for work experience opportunities within management consultancies. This tied in with the Assessment module on my Occupational and Business Psychology MSc, as I was really enjoying learning about selection and development. Zircon and its sister company Talent Gene® prominently stood out to me as they offer a highly unique approach to the application of business psychology and talent assessment. » Read more: Zircon Management Consulting a rare gem of an opportunity

PA Consulting future-proofs HR with Talent Gene

January 18th, 2016

Talent Gene logo

 

Global management consulting firm PA Consulting Group has adopted the Talent Gene range of assessment tools to help its clients find the best fit of talents and skills for their future business needs.

Talent Gene is a sister company of Zircon Management Consulting. It provides a suite of online tools based on extensive research with leading companies. These tools help businesses ensure their talent is fit for purpose, both now and in the future.

PA Consulting Group talent management expert Lesley Uren says “many leaders struggle to implement effective strategies and find their current approaches are no longer delivering results”.

“The range of options provided by Talent Gene enables them to develop the right talent management system to meet the challenges of today’s demanding and uncertain world,” she adds.

To read the full press release about PA Consulting Group’s partnership with Talent Gene, click here.

To view PA Consulting Group’s microsite dedicated to Talent and Change, click here.

Inspirational Leadership (Part1): Introduction of Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Qualities

December 14th, 2015

Our most recent company white-paper entitled ‘Inspirational Leadership and Executive Presence: Do you need to have Executive Presence to be Inspirational?’ was based on a comprehensive analysis of available research investigating the core elements of truly Inspirational Leadership. The results from the 196 interviews conducted by Zircon found seven qualities evident in organisations today associated with Inspirational leadership. Principally, we found that there was a great deal of diversity in the descriptions of Inspirational Leadership;  with Leaders alluding to a wide variety of intrapersonal and interpersonal characteristics including being morally principled, charming, tenacious, innovative, motivating, attentive, driven, aspirational, focused, enthusiastic, and passionate. » Read more: Inspirational Leadership (Part1): Introduction of Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Qualities

Can you Develop Leaders to be Inspirational and have Executive Presence?

December 7th, 2015

From a Talent Management perspective, one of the most pertinent questions that must be asked following our research, is to what extent we can develop leaders to be Inspirational and have Executive Presence? We have identified that there is a clear demand for such qualities within the competitive workplace environment, however, there is a considerably lower supply of these qualities within the workplace. » Read more: Can you Develop Leaders to be Inspirational and have Executive Presence?

How many people have Executive Presence?

November 30th, 2015

At Zircon, we strive to define and accurately highlight the key elements that underwrite effective performance and leadership potential, in order to develop and direct others towards realising their organisational potential. However, within the leadership domain, effective performance and influential leadership remains a somewhat difficult concept to grasp, with many leaders admitting that they recognise effective leadership when they see it, but experience difficulty in accurately defining what skills provide the highest level of success. The tacit, intangible nature of Executive Presence is thought to lead to a clear and consistent disparity between the demand of such a quality and the overall supply within the workplace. » Read more: How many people have Executive Presence?

How many people have Inspirational Leadership?

November 26th, 2015

Within Zircon, we take a strong, applied approach to talent management and leadership development. Our recent research indicated a strong appreciation for the qualities commonly associated with an Inspirational Leader.  However, research linking the supply with the demand of such a quality is somewhat limited. While many recognise the potential value of those characteristics thought typical of truly inspirational leaders, many leaders recognise that some characteristics are elusive and difficult to achieve. » Read more: How many people have Inspirational Leadership?

What are the differences between Inspirational Leadership & Executive Presence?

November 23rd, 2015

At Zircon, we place a strong emphasis on trying to determine exactly what constitutes effective and energising styles of leadership. Two concepts in particular are often linked to high potential, and highly talented performers with leadership; Inspirational Leadership and Executive Presence. Whilst many claim to recognise each of these broad characteristics when they see them, the differences between them and the possible overlap remains somewhat uncertain. » Read more: What are the differences between Inspirational Leadership & Executive Presence?

Fantastic Summer Internship at Zircon and Talent Gene

November 19th, 2015

Rapidly approaching the end of my MSc. course, I decided that I wanted to gain some hands-on experience of Occupational Psychology in practice before finally entering the ‘real world’. I came across the advert for Zircon’s internship positions on the ABP website, and thought it sounded like a fantastic opportunity. » Read more: Fantastic Summer Internship at Zircon and Talent Gene

What is Executive Presence? Why is it Important?

November 16th, 2015

Here at Zircon, we recognise that truly talented and influential leaders possess a range of qualities and attributes; many of which are easily defined, however others are difficult to grasp and even more challenging to describe in a meaningful sense. Executive Presence is rapidly becoming one of the most popular concepts within Business Psychology and Talent Management as a whole. It has be argued that Executive Presence is a highly beneficial attribute within business; one that is sought after by many organisations. The majority of business leaders can recognise when their fellow leaders possess Executive Presence, however, the majority of research hints that this is a tacit strength; one that is difficult to define or describe clearly, and therefore one that has typically been described in a very broad manner. » Read more: What is Executive Presence? Why is it Important?