Archive for the ‘Zircon’ category

The Future of Talent Management: Key Findings Part 1

May 17th, 2012

Many organisations do not have a clear definition of talent or a clear TM strategy.

In part one of this series of blogs summarising our 2012 findings into the Future of Talent Management.

Our research found that TM strategies are often not fully defined or understood within organisations. For example, 68% of Leaders said that their organisation has a TM strategy, however only 59% of Leaders understand it and only 52% believe that they have a “clear definition of talent”. A total of 32% said that they do not know or understand their organisation’s TM strategy. » Read more: The Future of Talent Management: Key Findings Part 1

The Future of Talent Management: Aims and Participants

May 14th, 2012

In this series of blogs summarising our 2012 research into the Future of Talent Management, we will provide the key aims and provide a summary of the clients who contributed.

Aims:

The aim of this research is to gain an understanding of how organisations approach TM and to identify whether or not they have a “talent mindset”. A “talent mindset” is defined by McKinsey and Company, 2001 in their landmark book, “The War for Talent” as “a deeply held belief that building a strong management talent pool is critical to achieving the aspirations of the company.” » Read more: The Future of Talent Management: Aims and Participants

The Future of Talent Management: Introduction

May 8th, 2012

In the next series of blogs we will present our 2012 research into the Future of Talent Management.

Keeping the Talent Management (TM) strategy simple is a key driver of success for organisations. Our research has identified that whilst the majority of organisations have a TM strategy, it does not appear these are well communicated to Business Leaders. Whilst half of the Leaders interviewed, believe their organisation has a clear definition of talent and a clear TM strategy, the other half are not clear about what their organisation really means by “talent” or “talent strategy”. » Read more: The Future of Talent Management: Introduction

Zircon Presenting at the ABP Conference 2012

May 4th, 2012

Zircon have recently conducted a piece research on Talent Management in which the findings will be presented by Dr. Amanda Potter at the Association of Business Psychologists Annual Conference, Bedfordshire, 11 May 2012. http://theabp.org.uk/conference/abp_conference_2012/> » Read more: Zircon Presenting at the ABP Conference 2012

Further Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

April 27th, 2012

In the previous blogs, Dr Amanda Potter and Melissa Tyson from Zircon identified five characteristics that have been shown to be significantly higher in Entrepreneurs than Line Managers. In this blog we have provided a summary of all of the Entrepreneurial Traits covered by previous research, in particular, those defined by Bird, 1989; Caird, 1988; Tibbits, 1979 and Wu, 2009: » Read more: Further Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

My Second Zircon Experience by Asha Pattni

April 19th, 2012

After completing a 2 week internship last summer, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work alongside the wonderful Zircon team for another two weeks during Easter 2012. After the experiences I gained within my first internship I was delighted to work for Zircon again, and I was eager to get started. » Read more: My Second Zircon Experience by Asha Pattni

Entrepreneurs and the Environment

April 12th, 2012

In Zircon’s previous blog, Dr Amanda Potter and Melissa Tyson identified five characteristics that have been shown to be significantly higher in Entrepreneurs than Line Managers including: the Need for Achievement, Internal Locus of Control, Problem Solving Orientation, Interpersonal Reactivity and Assertiveness. » Read more: Entrepreneurs and the Environment

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?