Archive for the ‘Learning’ category

External Challenges Facing HR and Talent

January 10th, 2014

What External Challenges Impacted HR and Talent Leaders in 2013?

Operating as a successful HR or Talent leader has become increasingly difficult in the past few years with increasing organisational complexity, increased external competition, reduced budgets, reduced head count and tougher demands from the business. However, Zircon’s 2013 research found that HR and Talent leaders continue to be passionate about delivering the strategic requirements of the business, despite the external challenges and forces impacting them. » Read more: External Challenges Facing HR and Talent

The Power of Introversion

November 13th, 2013

Within Zircon we continue to use the MBTI as one of our tools of choice for development. During those meetings we are inevitably asked, “what is the real difference between introverts and extroverts?” and “do we need to be extrovert to survive in business?”

MBTI practitioners would argue that business is moving in an ENTJ direction, and that yes we are required to be more E in the workplace. An interesting article, written by John Morrish (2012) suggests » Read more: The Power of Introversion

Examining the Relationship between Meaning, Performance and Potential

October 15th, 2013

Researchers are increasingly looking at the importance of meaning at work and its relationship to talent and potential. ‘Meaning’ is the sense among employees that what they do really makes a difference to themselves, to others, or to their company and as a result have a strong belief in their work and the value they add. ‘Meaning quotient’ (MQ) is the measure of that level of meaning and success for the individual. » Read more: Examining the Relationship between Meaning, Performance and Potential

My Occupational Psychology Internship

September 24th, 2013

As an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Nottingham about to embark upon my final year, I was keen to secure myself work experience amongst experienced psychologists. The previous year, I had taken the decision to extend my degree by adding a year of study in a Mexican business university. It was while completing my year abroad that I discovered Zircon’s website. Zircon was exactly what I was looking for. I found myself gripped by one of their blog entries – ‘Are Competency Interviews Valid for Graduate Assessment?’ Following links back to their home page, I read how Zircon was a team of Business Psychologists who had a focus on Talent Management. Immediately, I knew that this was where I wanted to work. Working with Zircon would not only complement my study of psychology and business perfectly, but would give me real experience » Read more: My Occupational Psychology Internship

My Time as an Occupational Psychology Intern with Zircon

August 20th, 2013

I have been fascinated by psychology for many years and so thought it would be a perfect undergraduate course at university. I was familiar with clinical and experimental psychology but before these few weeks I knew little about other branches of the discipline such as occupational psychology. I met Dr Amanda Potter, the founder and Managing Director of Zircon, and she explained what occupational psychology was about and mentioned the internship her company offers. After researching Zircon further I » Read more: My Time as an Occupational Psychology Intern with Zircon

Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Trainee Business Psychologist position

August 15th, 2013

Job Description
Zircon are recruiting a Full Time  Trainee Consultant Business Psychologist on a one year contract.

Responsibilities will include (among others):

• Supporting the Consulting team with the design and delivery of consultancy services in core solution areas, including Talent Assessment, Leadership and Team Development, and Talent Management.
• Working with the team to design Assessment and Development Centres and bespoke exercises.
• Conducting follow-up Personal Development Planning sessions and feedback with clients.
• Selecting and working proactively with Associates and providing guidance and feedback on client projects » Read more: Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Trainee Business Psychologist position

Zircon Work Experience

August 13th, 2013

At Zircon, we are currently looking for an ambitious, hardworking individual who would like to join our team of Occupational Psychologists to gain 2-3 weeks work experience within our boutique consultancy in Surrey. This is an ideal opportunity for a Psychology graduate looking for consulting experience within the specialist field of talent management. The placement is open to those looking to or completing a Master’s course in Occupational/Business Psychology, and would greatly compliment learning at this level.

If you are interested and believe you are an excellent candidate to work with Zircon, please send your CV and a covering letter to:

The Strategic Challenges faced by HR and Talent Directors

May 10th, 2013

The Zircon team of Business Psychologists are embarking on a new piece of research looking at the challenges and changes facing HR and Talent Directors in 2013 and beyond.

In particular we are interested in understanding the Macro and Micro strategic challenges, the business response and leadership requirements to deliver these challenges. » Read more: The Strategic Challenges faced by HR and Talent Directors

My Occupational Psychology Work Experience with Zircon

April 30th, 2013

After completing my degree in Psychology with Sport Science at University of Exeter, I set myself the challenge of securing an internship or work experience with practicing Psychologists to support my Occupational Psychology Masters applications for September 2013. I decided to research as many companies as possible, making contact to each, specifying my ambition to become an Occupational Psychologist and my interest in the unique service they offer. » Read more: My Occupational Psychology Work Experience with Zircon

DOP Conference – The Future of Talent Management

January 9th, 2013

On the 11th January 2013 at the DOP Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Chester, Dr Amanda Potter will be giving a talk on research surrounding Talent Management and the key findings from our 2012 research.

The talk will present detailed findings of the research and the implications for those involved in talent assessment/talent management/talent development. » Read more: DOP Conference – The Future of Talent Management