A Sik Mind ? With Dr George Sik - March 2015
Tuesday, 10th March 2015
One of the bigger news stories in recent weeks has been the BBC’s axing of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson following a fight with his producer, an especially vivid example of conflict in the workplace. Although things don’t always go as far as they did here, these kinds of conflict are not uncommon and looking at the personalities of the participants often helps to understand why they took place.
A Sik Mind? - With Dr George Sik - September 2015
Sunday, 20th September 2015
Our 360 Degree system has become one of the best-loved features of our Psychometric Portal in a short space of time with many of our clients, whose use for it covers many aspects of development and appraisal, as well as coaching specifically. We were by no means the first suppliers of such a system but having had a lot of other systems to look at was very helpful, as we were able to see what we thought worked and didn’t work in a good 360 degree system.
A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - October 2014
Monday, 6th October 2014
Welcome to a new short column, revealing intriguing morsels from the wider world of psychology. Fascinated as we are by personality, it’s always interesting to read about what is counter-intuitive and the ‘dark side of emotional intelligence’ (nothing to do with Star Wars!) is one such topic. Essentially, being emotionally intelligent doesn’t necessarily make you a nice person – despite what books popularising the subject might have led you to believe.
A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - April 2015
Sunday, 5th April 2015
Spring is in the air and with some of the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been getting – not to mention many people’s determination to do a bit of spring cleaning – the theme of change is perhaps a rather topical one. A question I get asked a lot is around the extent to which personality can change. How fixed is the way we prefer to behave?
A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - December 2014
Monday, 15th December 2014
With coaching ever more essential in the workplace, it is always fascinating to see psychometrics employed in this field. Although traditionally associated with selection, personality profiling is increasingly used in learning and development and indeed the area of coaching specifically, with our instrument, The Quest Profiler, being no exception. The section about Conflict Styles and Conflict Resolution, for example, helps remind us that different people deal with conflicts and adversarial situations in different ways, and the better we understand these, the more we can see why conflicts might have occurred in the past and try to stop them from happening in the future.
A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - June 2015
Tuesday, 9th June 2015
As we focus on emotional health and wellbeing, it was interesting to read that a survey conducted by People Management suggests that mental health in the workplace is, despite a greater willingness to talk about issues, getting worse
A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - May 2015
Friday, 8th May 2015
It looks like there was plenty of lively discussion at the BEER Winners’ Dinner, much of it about the interaction between individuals and an organisation’s culture and values. Engaging people as they become part of a company’s vision and strategy, bringing two different cultures together in the case of a merger or acquisition and making sure that everyone on every level is involved in being part of the bigger picture were all addressed and, coming from the psychometric point of view, it is always good to hear how useful the diagnostic aspects of our Culture and Engagement questionnaire have been in helping to make these things happen.
A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - November 2014
Wednesday, 5th November 2014
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.