Archive for the ‘Learning’ category

Zircon Business Psychology Internship

July 16th, 2014

As a studying MSc student I was pleased to learn about the opportunity to intern with Zircon Consulting through my Programme Director. This firm was of particular interest because their practice and expertise is in the area we were studying precisely at the time, Performance Appraisal and Talent Management.

I reached out to the team with a letter of interest and curriculum vitae only to be efficiently walked through the initial » Read more: Zircon Business Psychology Internship

What are the Characteristics of Successful HR Leaders?

July 11th, 2014

The Zircon 2013 research found that a successful HR/Talent Leader should:

• Pragmatic and decisive
• Commercial, numerate and business focused
• Holistic, entrepreneurial and externally focused
• Credible, consultative and professional
• Open minded, innovative and visionary » Read more: What are the Characteristics of Successful HR Leaders?

My Occuptional Psychology internship at Zircon

May 7th, 2014

I’ve come to Business Psychology later in my career than others, but 2 years ago (and after a career break to look after my children) I decided to undertake an occupational psychology masters to build upon 15 years working in IT and management consultancy. I’ve nearly finished my masters now – just the dissertation to complete.

In late 2013, I saw an advert for the Zircon Internship and I thought that sounded like a great opportunity to better understand the craft of Occupational Psychology and gain some hands on experience. » Read more: My Occuptional Psychology internship at Zircon

Learning and Skills 2014 Conference Video

April 10th, 2014

Our Zircon Director Sarah Linton recently presented the findings of our latest research “HR and Talent in the 21st Century” at The Learning and Skills Conference 2014.

HR and talent leaders are fundamental in managing these organisational changes. In order to identify how HR and Talent leaders can work strategically within the changing climate Zircon interviewed 39 HR and Talent leaders, from national and » Read more: Learning and Skills 2014 Conference Video

The Gap between HR Leaders and Managers

February 28th, 2014

Ulrich (1998) defined four roles within the HR Business Partner Model, namely Strategic Partner, Change Agent, Administrative Expert, and Employee Champion, and furthermore argues that you need a blend of each to make the organisation successful. The Strategic Partner aligns the HR functions with the global business in order to map the people strategy to the business strategy. The Change Agent drives the change agenda and creates the capacity for the change to be delivered. The Administrative Expert is expected to ensure the delivery of the highest » Read more: The Gap between HR Leaders and Managers

CIPD South London March 2014 Events

February 26th, 2014

CIPD Special Events Notice

Amanda Potter, Katie Bissell and Natalie Ruffell from Zircon are speakers at the CIPD South London Branch Event on the 26th March 2014 summarising Zircon’s new White Paper “HR and Talent in the 21st Century”!
» Read more: CIPD South London March 2014 Events

My Internship at Zircon

February 18th, 2014

Over the past 4 weeks I have been lucky enough to be interning at Zircon alongside studying for my MSc in Occupational & Organisational Psychology. Until now, my experience of psychology has been mainly limited to lectures and journal articles and whilst I had an understanding of what an Occupational or Business Psychologist does, it has been great to gain first-hand experience of this. As everyone at Zircon is working on different projects, I have got a real insight into a variety of tasks. » Read more: My Internship at Zircon

What Proportion of High Performers are High Potential?

January 30th, 2014

The Statistics

Within Zircon, our Business Psychologists run high potential assessment validation events for our clients in order to identify and validate the managers’ assessments of their employee potential. When we work with these organisations we find that managers predict at least 30% of their employees have the potential of success in the future. However, from our experience the percentage of employees who are actually talented/high potential is » Read more: What Proportion of High Performers are High Potential?

CIPD South London 26th March 2014

January 28th, 2014

HR and Talent in the 21st Century

Dr Amanda Potter will be speaking at the CIPD in Croydon on the 26th March 2014 and sharing the findings of Zircon’s latest White Paper titled, “HR and Talent in the 21st Century: How can the leaders of today meet tomorrow’s business needs?” The paper summarises the results of this research and the steps leaders need to take in order to deal with these future challenges successfully. » Read more: CIPD South London 26th March 2014

Zircon is presenting at the Learning and Skills Conference 2014

January 16th, 2014

HR and talent in the 21st Century – how can the leaders of today meet tomorrow’s business needs?

London has recently been named the talent capital of the world, employing 1.5 million people into high-skilled sectors. The 2013 study, published by Deloitte, predicts that 300,000 more jobs will be created in London by 2020. Of these jobs approximately 100,000 will be within high-skill sectors, with a predicted decline in the number of roles within finance industry, but growth in London’s creative, digital and life science sectors. Another expected shift is in how organisations will operate. Businesses are now preparing for a future state which includes growth, digitisation and commercial advantage. » Read more: Zircon is presenting at the Learning and Skills Conference 2014