Archive for the ‘Zircon’ category

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?

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!