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Talent Optimization in Serbia – spreading the power of PI

Our PI Consultant Dragana Ristić is working very hard to spread the Talent Optimization message to the business community in Serbia. She is part of the HR working group of the German Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

We are delighted to share that she has recently had the opportunity to present The Predictive Index (PI) methodology – and in particular the new PI Team Discovery tool – to the members of the Chamber. This new and unique Team functionality allows you to assess your team’s strategic goals and behavioural style side-by-side — so you can determine where the team is suited to succeed and where they may need to stretch.

high-performing teams at talent-optimized companies

Why Talent Optimization is a differentiator

Talent Optimization is the discipline of optimally aligning your business strategy to your people strategy to achieve the best possible business results. So, what really is the business value of being talent-optimized?

Are you prepared for a strategy change?

Your positive business results speak for themselves, and your employees seem engaged and motivated. That’s great, but what if the economic landscape and business pressures change? Are you ready to respond quickly and effectively? …

Recruitment - hiring - without guesswork

Take the guesswork out of hiring

As the COVID-19 crisis slightly loosens its grip on the economy, our clients tell us that recruitment challenges are very much front of mind. As restrictions are eased, many companies can finally open up, look to the future, and think about expanding their workforce.

According to a recent study in the UK and Ireland, 38% of those surveyed plan to leave their jobs in the next six months to a year. The pandemic has caused a definite shift in employees’ priorities and expectations. This scenario will both open up further new vacancies and also increase the available talent on the job market. …

Don’t judge a penguin by its waddle

I was recently introduced to a wonderful You Tube video (in German) called ‘Das Penguin Prinzip’ (The Penguin Principle). It provides a charming but very poignant reminder that we really shouldn’t judge the character or worth of someone at first sight.

Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen is a German television host, doctor, magician, comedian, cabaret artist, and author. In this extract, he recounts an anecdote from his time as an entertainer on a cruise ship, and a visit to a Norwegian zoo.

In one of the zoo enclosures, he saw a little penguin sitting on a rock. He looked at the creature and thought: “Look at this poor thing. A flightless bird. Stocky and totally out of proportion. Definitely one of nature’s misconstructions!”

The Penguin Principle

Then the penguin jumped into the water and, through the glass, Hirschhausen watched him swim in the water, nimbly twisting and turning. The onlooker’s jaw dropped, and he was forced to rethink his original assessment of the little creature’s suitability and talents.

How to make your job offer irresistible

How you offer the job to your new recruit is vitally important. But why?

Surely, finding the right person for the job is key, I hear you say. And it is, but think about it this way: while you might not hesitate to reach for white chocolate as your favourite treat, to someone else a bar of dark chocolate is irresistible. Picture the scenario.

A new survey of over 5000 UK workers, has discovered that an astounding 84% of those currently in employment are planning to apply for new roles this year. Many might still be biding their time and are waiting for the right opportunity. Many companies are struggling to fill their vacancies, and competition for those quality candidates is high.

Of squinting cats and great leadership

It’s that tired old question: Can a chubby moggy with a befuddling squint and an inflated ego actually become a great leader?

Working from home during lockdown has provided the perfect opportunity to really observe the behaviours of my three crazy cats – two sisters and their brother. They look and behave so differently. Pablo, the largest of the three, is the one with the squint.

On the surface, their day looks very much like a business operation where targets are set, and tasks need to be accomplished. Team cooperation has to be negotiated carefully.

Bee - finding solutions through team performance

Should businesses be more honeybee in the face of adversity?

I was listening to a news programme on the radio. One of the stories piqued my interest. Why indeed would honeybees resort to using animal dung to protect their hives? I was reminded of all the businesses that had to pivot their strategies in recent times. How could they ensure that their teams continued to perform at their best throughout periods of profound change? Please bear with me on this one!

How to mitigate the detrimental effects of imposter syndrome in the workplace

According to a review article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, 70 percent of people experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives.

As a Manager, you are tasked with safeguarding both your employees’ wellbeing and your company’s productivity. It is therefore important to be aware that the effects of imposter syndrome can be crippling for both your employees and your business.

Are you playing the recruitment lottery?

Wouldn’t you like to know exactly who you are employing?

Using reliable people data can help you take the guesswork out of your recruitment process and enable you to:

  • Recruit faster, more efficiently and with greater predictability
  • Attract top talent
  • Safeguard the company against hiring mistakes
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Hire with confidence and integrity

If you are working as a Recruiter or in HR, your company will most likely rely on you to attract top talent, and to then onboard the new hires swiftly and smoothly.

Do you sometimes wish you had a crystal ball?

Building talent assessments into the candidate pre-screening, interviewing and reviewing phase of your recruitment process comes close.

Could your communication style create disengaged employees?

Most industries and organisations have experienced periods of far reaching and sometimes devastating change.

In these situations, companies are under pressure to respond to any new challenges quickly, and to successfully adapt the ways in which technologies and processes are used throughout their organisation.

It is not difficult to see that a clear and consistent communication strategy is paramount if organisations, and their leadership, want to roll out any changes efficiently and effectively across their entire workforce – and take their employees with them. …