Archive for the ‘values’ category

A Sit Down With…Dr Amanda Potter, the Founder of Zircon

August 17th, 2015

Amanda is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow of the Division of Occupational Psychology, part of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and she formed Zircon Management Consulting in 2000. As part of a 15 years anniversary celebration piece, I asked to sit down with Amanda to find out a bit more about Amanda’s background and how she set up the company. I asked her a number of questions the answers to which I hope you find engaging. » Read more: A Sit Down With…Dr Amanda Potter, the Founder of Zircon

Using a 180 Diagnostic Tool to Assess the Effectiveness of your Team

July 29th, 2015

At Zircon we understand that successful and effective teamwork is an integral part of many businesses’ plans for achieving key organisational objectives. Teamwork relies upon individuals working together in a co-operative environment to achieve common team goals through the sharing of knowledge and skills, where team members can develop effective, mutual relationships. Put simply, teamwork is “a co-operative process that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results” (Scarnati, 2001, p.5). » Read more: Using a 180 Diagnostic Tool to Assess the Effectiveness of your Team

Assessment Biases

June 22nd, 2015

Biases within selection and assessment are prejudices which favour or discriminate a person or group.  Biases are exceptionally common and can occur especially if the assessment is important or key to the organisation, due to the high level of investment.  We all regularly draw on our biases from our subjective nature and past experience and these usually are not detrimental.  » Read more: Assessment Biases

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?

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

Is Authenticity a Value, Capability or a Strength?

August 30th, 2013

At Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and her team of Occupational Psychologists have been asking the questions – “Is Authenticity important at work?” and “Is Authenticity a Value, Capability, Competency or a Strength?”

Is Authenticity Important at Work? » Read more: Is Authenticity a Value, Capability or a Strength?

Assessing Talent – The Critical Success Factors

July 12th, 2013

Dr Amanda Potter, Head of Zircon Management Consulting Ltd, and her team of Occupational Psychologists have recently conducted a global research study to assess the critical success factors of the FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 global organisations. The reason for this research, was that Dr Potter has found that more and more organisations are looking to adopt a values or strengths-based recruitment and development process to benefit the success of their assessment procedures. » Read more: Assessing Talent – The Critical Success Factors

Are Competencies enough to Assess Talent?

May 24th, 2013

At Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and her team of Occupational Psychologists are increasingly finding that clients want us to design Capability models rather than Competency models for talent assessment. Recent research by Zircon Management Consulting Ltd has found that in the last three years 27% of FTSE 100 organisations are moving away from competency frameworks to capability models. Furthermore, 52% of organisations are using a combination of capability and competency models… » Read more: Are Competencies enough to Assess Talent?

Two fifths of employees don’t believe business values are worth the paper they are written on

May 16th, 2013

At Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and her team of Occupational Psychologists have been researching the importance of values on personal and business success. The Zircon team acknowledge that there is a need for mutual values between the organisation and its employees in order to achieve Cultural Fit. Values often reflect a person’s sense of what is “right or wrong”, and can impact upon their attitude and behaviour, including how a person interacts with others in their environment. » Read more: Two fifths of employees don’t believe business values are worth the paper they are written on

Dr. Amanda Potter at the Learning & Skills Conference

May 8th, 2013

Dr Amanda Potter of Zircon, recently presented the findings of the extensive research into FTSE100/Fortune500 organisations which reveals that talent management strategies are not being well enough communicated throughout larger organisations and that competencies alone are no longer enough to make effective hiring, succession planning and development decisions. » Read more: Dr. Amanda Potter at the Learning & Skills Conference