Thursday, 30 January 2014

Oh The Power of the Business Psychologist--A Big Green Light for Paul Flowers?

Today I read Jill Treanor's article in the Guardian, Ex-Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers aced psychometric tests –deputy.  As a business psychologist who has delivered a number of in-depth executive assessments, and is certified to administer a range of psychometrics, I felt I had to respond.

The problem with Paul Flowers’ selection as Chair
lies more with the tendency of companies,
when hiring CEOs or selecting a Chair,
to woo potential candidates, rather than to assess them.

Here’s a selection from the article:

"The former deputy chairman of the Co-op Bank, Rodney Baker-Bates, told MPs that he lost out to Flowers in becoming chairman... To laughter on the committee, Baker-Bates said he had been told Flowers had been picked as chairman because he had done well in psychometric tests. David Davies, another deputy chairman, said he had been told Flowers – a member of the Co-op Group board – had been chosen for his leadership skills and admitted he had been surprised by the results of the psychometric tests."

Friday, 3 January 2014

Determining Your Purpose (Confidence is an OUTCOME Gained through H.O.P.E.)

Back in October, I wrote about Purposeful Selfishness, and challenged readers to focus on one thing for an hour at the beginning of each day that would help them achieve their longer-term purpose.  As it is the beginning of a new year, it is a good time to go a bit further with this and to consider how having a singularity of purpose in our careers that we are driving toward, helps increase your confidence.

This is part 5 of my series, Confidence is an OUTCOME Gained through H.O.P.E.  The "P" stands for "Purpose."

Without purpose, it is easy to feel at the disposal of others.  

And when we feel that we are only serving others, we can lose faith in ourselves.  

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Before You Make All Those Resolutions...

It was a hectic December, but with the holidays comes a time to relax, read, play, re-connect, re-charge, and reflect.

Or perhaps by now you are resonating with the line in the Perry Como Christmas song, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas where he sings, "And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again!"

The beginning of a holiday can seem like a huge stretch of time in which you will be able to do all you want, but often it doesn't work out that way.  How often clients have told me of their ambitious reading lists over their holidays and then found that it was really more enjoyable to do something else? Or nothing? And that's good, too.

We all need time to unwind and just BE, rather than DO.

It is the time of year to set new goals and keep resolutions for self-improvement.  But before you leap