Our ever-popular New Frontiers in Psychometrics Seminar once again provided an opportunity for attendees to hear about the latest views and ideas on a range of topics.  Our speakers for this online event were Alan Howard, Director of MOSAIC tasks; Dr Amanda Potter, Chief Executive of Zircon Be Talent; Professor Roger Baker, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Bournemouth University; Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, Chief Executive of the Real World Group and Tameron Chappell, Leadership and Development Consultant, Athinka Ltd. and Chair of The Psychometrics Forum.

Alan Howard

Director and Occupational Psychologist, MOSAIC Assessments Ltd.

MOSAIC Personality Tasks – an update

Alan brought us up to date on MOSAIC Tasks personality assessment research and development.  Alan spoke to The Psychometrics Forum when MOSAIC was in the development stage was able to report back to us on the successful implementation, incorporating reliability and validity results.  Attendees had an opportunity to complete the MOSAIC assessment prior to the event.  We were very pleased to have MOSAIC present to talk to us as they were the WINNERS of the Psychometrics Forum’s Excellence Award and they are also Finalists for the ABP Award in the category Excellence in Advancing Assessment Experiences.

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Dr Amanda Potter, CPsychol, AFBPsS, CSci

Chief Executive of Zircon Be Talent

Dr Potter shared two assessments with us:

Psychological Safety and Cognitive Diversity

Psychological Safety assessments are designed to assess how people feel when working within their team or department.  It measures the extent to which people feel included and how safe they feel to take interpersonal risks.  In other words how prepared are they to be candid, to ask questions, challenge each other and to admit mistakes given the environment of the team in which they work.  Dr Potter spoke about the Zircon BeTalent Psychological Safety Suite of Tools, which measures 10 aspects of Psychological Safety and offers a robust method of measuring the climate of the team or department.

Psychological Resilience

According to Zircon BeTalent ‘individuals who are self-aware and resilient recognise how their ability to utilise their strengths at work is impacted by other factors’.  Dr Amanda Potter guided us through the BeTalent Psychological Resilience assessment. This consists of a questionnaire and card sort exercise designed to identify 9 elements of emotional wellbeing and resilience.  The assessment examines and explores themes including how individuals think, feel and the emotions they experience at work.  It can provide detailed insights to raise personal awareness and help individuals understand and reflect on how they operate under pressure.  Dr Potter demonstrated how, in addition, the assessment is able to provide a series of coping mechanisms to combat the challenging emotions that could stand in the way of future success.

BeTalent Offer Training Courses in these two assessments, see our Training Offer pages.

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Professor Roger Baker

Professor of Clinical Psychology at Bournemouth University

Emotional Processing Scale – Wellbeing (EPS-W)

The link between productivity and employee wellbeing is clear and the role that organisations play – and are expected to play – in supporting the wellbeing of its employees has increased sharply over the past year.  Employers need to confront the realities of what their employees will likely be experiencing – stress, distress and low motivation. Without an engaged and resilient workforce, organisations will struggle to progress and achieve their goals. Never before has this been so pertinent, yet wellbeing has been difficult to quantify until now.  The Emotional Processing Scale – Wellbeing (EPS-W), published this autumn by Hogrefe, addresses this gap. The EPS-W is a rigorous, yet practical and efficient measure that taps into how people deal with changes and challenges in their working lives. Professor Roger Baker took us through emotional processing and why EPS-W is an important addition to the assessment tools available in these uncertain and unsettling times.

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Juliette Alban-Metcalfe MSc, MPOD, CPsychol

CEO, Real World Group

An Introduction to the Real World Leader

Juliette and colleagues at Real World Group have been conducting research and creating diagnostic tools for the past 20 years that focus on the contribution of leadership behaviour to performance, positive attitudes to work, and wellbeing. The leadership model that underpins the work of Real World Group is Engaging Transformational Leadership, which is usually assessed through 360-degree feedback, and which assesses behaviours that have arguably never been more important. A relatively new development has been branching out from multi-source feedback to creating an ipsative questionnaire for selection and coaching that is intended to assess the same underpinning leadership behaviours effectively. Drawing on data from the first 600 Senior & Executive-level leaders who completed the assessment, Juliette explained the rollercoaster journey so far in creating the Real World Leader. Nominated as 7th on HR Magazine’s Most Influential HR Thinkers list for 2021.

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Tameron Chappell, CPsychol, AFBPsS, Certified Principal Business Psychologist

Leadership and Development Consultant, Athinka Ltd

Not Your Usual Unconscious Bias Training: Reducing bias in people decisions with an evidence- based approach

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work is very prominent in organisations, Unconscious Bias training in particular has had wide coverage in the press (for mostly negative reasons). Tameron shared her work with two organisations in particular where they followed an evidence-based approach to tackle unconscious bias. This included using behavioural ‘nudges’, using Implicitly Unconscious Bias assessment before and after to look for shifts in bias and a focus on culture change rather than on delivering a lunchtime ‘tick-box’ exercise.  Tameron is a FINALIST for the ABP Award for the Category Excellence in Improving Inclusion.