Archive for the ‘positive psychology’ 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

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?

Does 360 feedback really help to Improve performance?

July 18th, 2013

Does 360 feedback really support performance development and improvement? Within Zircon, we design and implement qualitative (interview based) and quantitative (survey based) feedback for clients and find that when the 360 respondent is engaged and committed to the feedback, the process can produce significant results. » Read more: Does 360 feedback really help to Improve performance?

More Mr Nice Guy – Why ‘Nice Companies’ Can Be More Successful

April 26th, 2013

Within Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and her team of Occupational Psychologists are constantly working hard to remain up-to-date with current research within the realms of Occupational Psychology. Being a specialist organisation in Talent Management, Zircon are aware of the growing importance of having successful leadership and a flawless reputation to their clients. » Read more: More Mr Nice Guy – Why ‘Nice Companies’ Can Be More Successful

Happiness and Success: A Linear or Circular Relationship?

April 19th, 2013

Are positive people more successful or are successful people more positive?

Within Zircon we work with our clients to identify the critical success factors and differentiators of success for their employees. When discussing success, it is often presumed that success in life stimulates the onset of positivity and happiness; however a recent article written in the Appreciating » Read more: Happiness and Success: A Linear or Circular Relationship?

The Role of Stress or ‘Eustress’ in Coaching for Performance

March 14th, 2013

An article, recently written in the Harvard Business Review (Schwartz, 2012) addressed the importance of stress and pressure, in order to encourage development and enable individuals to reach their ultimate potential. As Business Psychologists and HR leaders at Zircon Management Consulting, we began to consider how this idea fits with our ways of working and what we promote as a business. » Read more: The Role of Stress or ‘Eustress’ in Coaching for Performance

ABP Surrey Networking Event – September 2012

September 27th, 2012

Are you psychologically fit?

As our summer brings itself to a blissful close and we approach the next period of, the ABP Surrey networking event, let’s cast our thoughts back to the humans and super humans of the Olympics and Paralympics who furnished us with accomplishments and exploits. While we sit and are amazed at their achievements, this alone does not get them over the finish line or solely impact on how they perform. A critical component is how their mental agility or psychological makeup impacts on their success. » Read more: ABP Surrey Networking Event – September 2012

Three Steps to Overcoming your Negativity Bias

September 22nd, 2012

At Zircon, we believe a positive environment is a more successful one but we all know that it is not easy to stay positive all of the time. This blog summarises three simple things that we can all do to help to overcome negativity in the workplace. » Read more: Three Steps to Overcoming your Negativity Bias

Seven Helpful Things to Know About Achieving Change in Organisations

April 5th, 2012

The plan is not the change

All too often those involved in creating the plan for change believe this to be the most essential part of the process, worthy of extended time and effort, while implementation is seen as ‘just’ a matter of communicating and rolling out the plan. Plans are a story of hope. Change happens when people change their habitual patterns of communication and intervention in a meaningful and sustainable way. » Read more: Seven Helpful Things to Know About Achieving Change in Organisations

Using Positive Psychology to Produce High Performing Teams

March 15th, 2012

At Zircon we use positive psychology throughout our talent management work. As part of our research, Amanda Potter came across the following article written by Sarah Lewis. This looks at using positive psychology to produce high performing teams through three key areas: Positivity, Strengths and Motivation. » Read more: Using Positive Psychology to Produce High Performing Teams