Archive for the ‘Zircon’ category

What Makes a Good Entrepreneur?

March 22nd, 2012

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?

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

Is the Locus of Control Theory valid in Talent Management?

March 6th, 2012

Zircon has recently been talking to clients about the relevance of the Locus of Control theory in talent management. This is a personality theory, referring to the extent to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them. The concept was developed by Julian B. Rotter in 1954, and has since become an important aspect of personality studies. One’s “locus” (Latin for “place” or “location”) can either be internal (meaning the person believes that they control their life) or external (meaning they believe that their environment, some higher power, or other people control their decisions and their life). » Read more: Is the Locus of Control Theory valid in Talent Management?

Planning for Growth in an Uncertain Market – What is your plan?

February 29th, 2012

Dr Amanda Potter wanted to me (Ruth Sweetman) to share a recent podcast by Fiona Czerniawska which looks at planning for growth in an uncertain market. Zircon recognises Fiona’s pointers for growth and that consultancies have to be careful within an uncertain market. » Read more: Planning for Growth in an Uncertain Market – What is your plan?

Team Zircon’s Victory at Charity Quiz Night for ITSE!

February 24th, 2012

Recently, Zircon was invited to a charity Quiz night hosted by Clodagh O’Reilly and Teresa Duyile of HSBC to offer support to the charity ISTE. We are very proud to say that team Zircon won!!!

Zircon would like to help in raising the charity’s profile, so please read on for further information. The Improving Society Through Education (ISTE) foundation is a Not for Profit organisation incorporated in the United Kingdom. » Read more: Team Zircon’s Victory at Charity Quiz Night for ITSE!

Ten Top Tips for Graduates Seeking Employment!

February 22nd, 2012

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!

Porter’s Five Tests of a Good Strategy

February 13th, 2012

As management consultants we know at Zircon that it is crucial to have a good business strategy and to use it to work with our clients to help them develop a future focused/forward looking and sustainable strategy. According to Michael Porter, a strategy is about making choices that lead to a sustainably superior performance. » Read more: Porter’s Five Tests of a Good Strategy

Ten Top Leadership Tips for a Positive and Appreciative 2012

February 9th, 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 ten positive and appreciative tips to maximise best leadership practice. As we are currently researching the use of positive psychology in talent management as part of large talent management survey, we thought we would share this with you. » Read more: Ten Top Leadership Tips for a Positive and Appreciative 2012

Designing an Organisational Survey

January 10th, 2012

We recently found an interesting discussion on rating scales which is very important when carrying out any form of research in organisations. As Zircon is currently undertaking our own research project into Talent Management, we are very interested to see what is currently being found and discussed. Here are some key pointers from the discussion which are worth noting. » Read more: Designing an Organisational Survey

Zircon are Launching Talent Management Research

January 6th, 2012

What does Talent Management mean to organisations, now and in the future?

At Zircon we are currently conducting research (to be completed by March 2012) into how Talent Management is perceived by employees of public, private and non-profit organisations. Zircon are working to learn more about how companies approach Talent Management. The aim of the research is to fully understand how organisations perceive their talent management strategy, its importance and applicability, and the level of return on investment. » Read more: Zircon are Launching Talent Management Research