So what are ‘strengths’?

Posted by Rebecca Stevens, Business Psychologist, Work Brighter | business value, Interviews
Posted on January 26th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Are they knowledge, skills, or abilities? Well in the context of positive psychology they are defined as “something that energises you, which leads to your personal growth and development and which results in peak performance” (Strengths Partnership). But what does this mean to you? Are ‘strengths’ different to competencies? Are they a fad that’ll come and go? Why spend time trying to persuade your managers that there is yet another thing to consider?
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The hidden leadership problem


Posted by Nick Kemsley - Owner, Org-onomic Ltd. Co- Director of the Henley Business School Centre for HR Excellence | Leadership
Posted on January 17th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Ninety percent of the organisations I work with have a leadership model. Despite this, nearly all continue to have the same issue – a deployment “gap” somewhere around Board-1 or Board-2 level, a kind of leadership version of “The Doldrums”. The symptoms manifest as problems translating strategic intent into functional objectives, difficulties with prioritisation and managing complexity, poor alignment and implementations which don’t fully deliver. Try as they might, it won’t go away. Does this ring any bells?
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The engaging community


Posted by Nicola Longland - Business Unit Director | talent communities
Posted on January 4th, 2012 at 11:24 am

Sure, job boards have their place, particularly when it comes to volume hiring or the sourcing of talent for relatively easily filled vacancies. But what happens when you’re faced with sourcing talent for specialist or niche roles where candidates aren’t exactly hanging around? Seemingly endless searches through CV databases are equivalent to the hunt for a needle in a haystack and desperately seeking referrals with the time ticking away looks, well, desperate. So do you have any alternative in such circumstances but to turn to the potentially expensive services of a recruitment agency?
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