A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - November 2014
Wednesday, 5th November 2014
A Sik Mind?
With Dr George Sik BSc (Hons), PhD, C.Psychol, C.Sci, AFBPsS
It was great to be up at the CIPD annual conference and exhibition over Bonfire Night and to see so many old friends and new on the eras stand. As usual, the presentations at the conference covered a host of themes and I couldn’t help noticing how many of them were related to personality in some way. On the first day alone, Rita Gunther McGrath from the Columbia Business School asked whether ‘we are all entrepreneurs now’. Entrepreneurial Instinct – in The Quest Profiler, it is made up of a combination of more preferred behaviours than any other competency – seems to be essential now even in organisations that wouldn’t once have thought of themselves as ‘entrepreneurial’, simply to cope with the pace of change and opportunity (it’s impossible not to recall George W Bush’s comment, claiming the trouble with the French is that they have no word for entrepreneur!).
Other themes from that opening day included developing high performance in leaders, working cooperatively, developing an agile workforce, managing strategic change, implementing HR analytics and mentoring young people, all requiring differing aspects of personality across a range of people. Getting those right is so crucial now to the bigger picture.
And from the bigger picture to the small screen: I see that The Apprentice has been back, giving its own rather – ahem! – distinct portrayal of a kind of entrepreneurial instinct…of sorts! It always strikes me that anyone who has real entrepreneurial instinct wouldn’t want to get pushed about by Lord Sugar, but, of course, the self-perception of the contestants can be very different from perspective of the viewers. Maybe they could all do with a bit of 360 degree feedback!