Managing HR in the mid-sized business: Thankless task or exciting opportunity?’ a report both Amanda Potter and Jacky Griffiths contributed to. While published by Source for Consulting this report provides some interesting information about the disconnect and perhaps more importantly about the opportunities for greater connectivity between HR and Talent Professionals and the Business » Read more: Managing HR in a mid-sized company: A thankless task or exciting opportunity
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After finishing my MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter I started researching business psychology consultancies. As soon as I came across Zircon I was sure that this was the place that would give me, as a budding business psychologist, an invaluable experience. After having a telephone interview with Sarah Linton, this belief grew stronger and I was fortunate to be offered a two week internship. » Read more: My Business Psychology Intern Experience at Zircon
Immediately after browsing through Zircon’s web pages, I realised that this is where I would like to undertake my internship. Afterall, they cannot be called an award-winning consultancy for no reason. This is why I was delighted when out the many consultancies that I contacted Zircon was the one to get back to me with a positive reply. After being interviewed by Sarah Linton, this conviction only grew stronger. When she told me that “at Zircon everyone works very hard to provide clients with the highest quality services”, I felt even more motivated to learn more about their business practices.
» Read more: My Zircon Experience – Veronika Kubickova
My Zircon Work Experience June 2012 was my first real experience within a Psychology consultancy since completing my BSc Psychology course. My aim was to assess whether I would want to complete an MSc and pursue a career in Organisational Psychology. Not knowing what to expect, there was of course a sense of nervousness but I can safely say that this experience has proved to me that not only that I want to pursue a career in Organisational Psychology but also why Zircon truly is an award winning company. » Read more: My Journey towards being an Occupational Psychologist
At Zircon Management Consulting, Dr Amanda Potter and colleagues specialise in managing talent and providing solutions to organisations on how they can best develop and retain their high potential individuals. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) identified how the retention of high potential individuals can be difficult for organisations. They suggested that the two main reasons for this include: » Read more: Do Leaders know how to manage their most valuable asset – their people?
How accurate were the ABP Psychologists and Consultants in predicting the Zircon Talent Management Results?May 24th, 2012
Dr Amanda Potter and Sarah Linton, presented the results of the Talent Management research at the 12th Annual ABP Conference last Friday. It was a lively and interactive debate throughout with open challenge and discussion. At the beginning of the session, Amanda and Sarah asked the 55 delegates, who consisted of mainly Business Psychologists and HR Consultants, the following “What percentage of the 150 HR, Talent and Business Leaders who participated in the Zircon research said ‘yes’ to the following questions?”
- We have a Talent Management strategy
- We have a clear definition of Talent
- I understand our Talent Management strategy
- We openly communicate our Talent Management strategy
- We measure the ROI (return on investment) of our talent management practices.
In the previous blogs, Dr Amanda Potter and Melissa Tyson from Zircon identified five characteristics that have been shown to be significantly higher in Entrepreneurs than Line Managers. In this blog we have provided a summary of all of the Entrepreneurial Traits covered by previous research, in particular, those defined by Bird, 1989; Caird, 1988; Tibbits, 1979 and Wu, 2009: » Read more: Further Characteristics of an Entrepreneur
After completing a 2 week internship last summer, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work alongside the wonderful Zircon team for another two weeks during Easter 2012. After the experiences I gained within my first internship I was delighted to work for Zircon again, and I was eager to get started. » Read more: My Second Zircon Experience by Asha Pattni
Within Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and the team have been talking to clients about Entrepreneurial Characteristics. As part of this work we have completed some desk research into the traits and characteristics that have been used to define and useful in explaining the past successes and in predicting the future development of Entrepreneurs. According to Begley and Boyd some of these include » Read more: What Makes a Good Entrepreneur?
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!