Archive for the ‘Zircon’ category

Sustainability at the workplace – 20 ideas to make it happen: Part one

November 16th, 2012

At Zircon, Dr Amanda Potter and the team are constantly striving for sustainability in the workplace. We have been exploring new ways of making this a possibility and would like to share GAIA Active’s “20 ideas to make this happen” from their information booklet: “GAIA Making Sustainability happen; Sustainability at the workplace” » Read more: Sustainability at the workplace – 20 ideas to make it happen: Part one

How do you turnaround an organisation to create business success?

November 2nd, 2012

In this current climate Zircon are being asked by our clients “How do you turnaround an organisation to create business success?” According to Kanter, a professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School the critical elements are smart financial and strategic decision making. However they’re useless if the leaders are not able to restore people’s confidence in themselves and each other. » Read more: How do you turnaround an organisation to create business success?

The Future of Talent Management: Key Findings Part 13

October 29th, 2012

Organisations encourage their Leaders to be authentic and unique whilst acting in line with the organisational norms and values.

Here is the next part of this series of blogs summarising our 2012 findings into the Future of Talent Management.

Our research suggests that Leaders are encouraged to be authentic and unique. For example, 77% of Leaders said they are encouraged to be their own person and lead with their own unique style and 74% said that they are encouraged to be authentic. 65% of the respondents also recognised that the organisation positively encourages their people be open and to contribute their ideas to the TM strategy. » Read more: The Future of Talent Management: Key Findings Part 13

My Zircon Internship

October 18th, 2012

At the conclusion of my Msc, I felt relieved that I had managed to survive the course, proud of all that I had accomplished and excited for the future ahead of me. I prepared myself for my graduation and relished the day of ceremony. Shortly after this experience I realised there was a whole new challenge that I needed to face: finding a job in the real world. After researching consultancies, and speaking to established Occupational Psychologists that I had met along the way, I was given Amanda’s name by Alan Redman who had kindly agreed to take the time to discuss career paths with me. I called Amanda the very next day to find out more. Over the phone Amanda was encouraging and informative, giving me information about life in Occupational Psychology. She explained the fact that businesses had changed and hence the ways that Occupational Psychologists worked had needed to adapt to fluctuating demands. » Read more: My Zircon Internship

Managing HR in a mid-sized company: A thankless task or exciting opportunity

October 12th, 2012

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

My Business Psychology Intern Experience at Zircon

October 5th, 2012

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

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

The Future of Talent Management: Key Findings Part 12

September 14th, 2012

In this economic climate, organisations are more likely to develop existing employees than recruit new talent.

Here is the next part of this series of blogs summarising our 2012 findings into the Future of Talent Management.

65% of Leaders reported that their organisation is more likely to develop existing talent than recruit new talent, including 75% of Business Leaders, 54% of Talent and 67% of HR Leaders. A total of 35% report the opposite suggesting that not all organisations are doing enough to develop and retain their current key talent. This concurs with The RSA Group (2011) research which found that “55% of executives say the industry does not give adequate consideration to retaining top talent”. » Read more: The Future of Talent Management: Key Findings Part 12

The 11 Aspects of Leadership Failure – “The Dark Sides of Personality”

September 6th, 2012

According to Geoff Trickey, Managing Director of PCL Ltd, current affairs and history demonstrate both bright and dark sides to personality. The bright sides are the “polished, social aspects” of our performance, the dark sides are the “raw social performance” that under pressure can be over used and over relied upon. » Read more: The 11 Aspects of Leadership Failure – “The Dark Sides of Personality”