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Once again, and for the third time, can I say a huge thank you for your facilitation of our final leadership session. It was extremely well received and I had comments afterwards from the team such as “Amanda is such a good facilitator, her ability to seamlessly adapt the workshop content based on the flow and feedback from the team is amazing” Barry Sacks, CTO PhlexGlobal

 

The feedback from the team over the two sessions has been overwhelmingly positive both about the content of your workshops and your delivery and facilitation of them. From our initial introduction you immediately put the team at ease enabling them to feel comfortable with expressing their personal insights to you and the rest of the team. Your experience and expertise was evident as demonstrated by your insightful references throughout our sessions which the team commented brought realism and authenticity to the concepts we discussed. Your careful facilitation, supported by a sprinkling of humour, was well timed to ensure that we maximised the value of our sessions with you while keeping the team relaxed, energised and engaged.

The tools that you and the team have developed obviously encapsulate your expertise and we all felt that the outcomes were uncannily accurate particularly in your assessment of the team dynamic. Personally, I found the Team Insights report particularly valuable enabling us to understand the preference types within the team and how and why we interact as a group as we do. This insight will enable us to continue to build on our team collaboration and appreciate the personal working styles of each member of the team, ensuring that we can become more effective in our working together.

I have had no hesitation in recommending your services and I am extremely pleased to hear that as an outcome of your work with my team we have asked you to facilitate similar sessions with other teams across the business. I have no doubt their experience will be as positive as ours. Thank you, you have clearly made a positive impact and impression on the team and provided us with a solid understanding and team foundation on which to build. Barry Sacks, CTO, Phlex Global

 

As a newly formed HR team we were looking for something a bit different as an aid to getting to know one another and to kick start the essential business of building relationships. Zircon offered the perfect solution to our needs, not just in terms of the tools they offered but also their expertise and brilliant team. The Amanda worked with us to design a bespoke workshop covering a number of activities to help us explore our individual strengths and our team dynamics. It was an insightful and fun event ably lead by Sarah who interjected appropriately throughout the session to bring deeper insight and meaning to the discussion. The expertise and insight provided by Sarah added significant value to the whole experience.

tools we explored during the workshop were Strengths Insights and Team Insights, both were easy to work through and effective in their outcomes. As a team we gained valuable insights into each other’s natural preferred styles and strengths and this proved a brilliant way to quickly gain understanding of who we were as a collective and how we could play to our strengths effectively. In particular, the team insights we found to offer a really fresh approach. It was very current and relevant to a team forming in the VUCA environment we now operate within.

a team we definitely benefitted from this workshop and tools plus the expert input from Zircon. We refer to our Strengths and Team Types on a regular basis and they play a part in how we determine roles and responsibilities within the team. We are a stronger team as a result of working with Zircon and would highly recommend their services and products. Diane Wood, HR Director, Old Mill Group

 

In summary I have to say this is best development work I have been involved in the last 20 years. I took a lot away from the sessions and I have kept everything to hand for future reviews and revision; that said most of what we discussed will stay with me on a day to day basis which is why this learning has been so powerful. Thank you and the team for all your hard work and support. Executive Coaching, Steve Ward, Finance Director, Aviation, Babcock International Group

 

"The consensus of the attendees I spoke to reinforced the critical importance of talent management to an organisation and also the increasing trend to utilise specialist support like Amanda's and our offering to support delivery." "Living in the Age of Uncertainty" Presentation, Althea Davies, Co founder of Davies HR Consultants

 

"The presentation flagged up some real challenges with we don't often think about - such as how the expected talent drain from the G7 to E7 countries will impact UK based businesses in the future. We really need plans in place to address this." "Living in the Age of Uncertainty" Presentation, Phil Herbert, VP Human Resources, Sharp Electronics (Europe) Ltd

 

"I was lucky enough to be introduced to Amanda in late 2012 when I was looking for someone to help me drive through a couple of 'sticky' developmental areas. Amanda's open and engaging style quickly enabled us to develop a strong sense of trust; in no time, her toolbox of skills had helped me quickly unpick the things I was wrestling with and get to an exceptional result. For those reading in, I ccan wholeheartedly rercommend Amanda to support you in your development aspirations. Challenging, but in a pragmatic and supportive way, she is a great partner in a coaching relationship and I would be happy to provide a more complete recommendation to anyone that wants it."  Executive Coaching, Simon Tattersfield, Head of Development, Volkeswagen Financial Services

 

"I found working with Kathy and Amanda from Zircon, a positive, professional and personally rewarding experience. The feedback and discussion sessions were particularly productive and I now have a greater understanding of my development needs. During the second session with Amanda, I took a few hints and tips away which I subsequently used in a meeting later in the week, and I was astounded by the transformation that had taken place in my confidence in this forum. I would not hesitate in recommending Zircon and would definately use their services again." Leadership Assessments. Paul McGill, Operations Manager, Travis Perkins

 

"Amanda, Chris and the tram have delivered a fantastic new recruitment & assessment programme for us. They quickly understood the brief, researched requirements and have consistently delivered at pace against very challenging time scales with great communication, planning and efficiency." Recruitment and Assessment Programme, Ruth Swales, HR Business Partner Direct, HSBC

 

“Zircon supported us with assessing and recruiting our Operations Directors. This was a massive appointment for us because it was the step we needed to take our business to the next level. They identified the behavioural competencies critical for success in our business and recognised the need to bring in an entrepreneur who is self reliant, self-managing and takes responsibility for delivering client success. Zircon gave me the confidence to make the selection decision, knowing that it was made on the basis of objective criteria. We have the confidence that we had thoroughly tested the candidates and got the right people." Executive Coacching, Tony McKenna, Managing Director, Caterlink

 

"Amanda and her team have consistently provided me with expert support, advice and consultation in the development and assessment of leadership talent within Iron Mountain. With great flexibility and a focus on results I would not hesitate to recommend Amanda as a business partner in this area”. Leadership Development Project, Emma Jeffries, VP Global Organisational Development

 

“Amanda and her colleagues have a detailed knowledge of psychometrics, and have supported our training and assessment activities over the past year. Zircon’s top qualities are their Expertise, Good Value & High Integrity”. Training and Assessment, Carol Driver

 

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