Archive for the ‘values’ category

Is Coaching Self-Disclosure Important for Coaching Success?

October 8th, 2015

As Coaching Psychologists, we are increasingly encouraged to work as equal partners with people to overcome problems or facilitate success. When we are working with clients to solve problems, help them recover from failure, or cope with difficult circumstances, should we be behaving differently with them? » Read more: Is Coaching Self-Disclosure Important for Coaching Success?

Strengths and Engagement?

September 18th, 2015

Is there relationship between using your Strengths at work and how engaged you are?

It is likely that you will have different preferred strengths to your friends and team. Whilst you might have a preference for environments where you can be meticulous, your friend might prefer an environment where they can be a risk taker. » Read more: Strengths and Engagement?

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?

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