We recently engaged Thomas international to administer our on-the-job personality assessments. Below is a description of what the PPA brings to our Value Chain.
Info taken from the Thomas International Website:
In just 8 minutes, the Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) psychometric assessment will provide an accurate insight into how people behave at work, answering questions such as: what are their strengths and limitations? How do they communicate? Are they self starters? What motivates them?
Type: Ipsative psychometric assessment
Time: ±8 minutesThomas' behavioural assessment PPA provides an accurate insight into how people behave at work, giving you a greater level of certainty when recruiting.
Thomas PPA takes only 8 minutes to complete. You are then provided with an initial profile detailing a person’s strengths and limitations, their communication style, their value to the business, what motivates them, their basic fears and how they behave under pressure.
Thomas M. HendricksonYear of construction: 1958Background and theory:In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dr. Thomas Hendrickson developed William Moulton Marston’s DISC theory to produce the Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) for the work place.
Marston's original theory stated that actions based upon emotions are an individual's biosocial response to supportive or hostile social environments. These actions determine how the individual interacts with the environment. It was theorised that the way in which the individual interacts with the environment takes four basic directions: tendencies to dominate, influence, submit and comply. Marston published his book 'Emotions of Normal People' in 1928, which described his theory of human consciousness in comprehensive detail.
The PPA determines whether individuals see themselves as responding to workplace situations that they perceive to be favourable or challenging, and reveals whether their response patterns are active or passive; thus classifying the individual's behavioural preferences in terms of four domains: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.
Reliability and validity:
The Thomas PPA has been subject to rigorous scientific testing to determine its reliability and validity as a psychological assessment. The PPA is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) after it was audited against the technical criteria established by the European Standing Committee on Tests and Testing, part of the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations.
Thomas International conducts on-going psychometric research with the PPA in partnership with the Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge University. http://www.psychometrics.cam.ac.uk/.
Look around the next time you’re out in public and take note of the number of people glued to their phones or tablets. More than 100 million users log into Twitter each day; Facebook has more than 1.94 billion active users each month; LinkedIn has nearly 500 million members; and Instagram has some 700 million monthly active users. Love it or hate it, social media has taken over the world and it seems that it's here to stay.
While social media can be uplifting, informative and inclusive; it can also destroy lives and careers. A growing number of individuals have been hauled to court for their social media posts, faced fines, and even lost their jobs. It's also not uncommon to see companies being called out and vilified, by association, when one of their employees transgresses.
The social media phenomenon is so pervasive (and so potentially dangerous in terms of reputational damage) that most companies have developed comprehensive social media policies, which staff are required to conform to. While consultants are not confined to a specific company's policy, some common sense and social media savvy should be practiced by anyone when using social media.
And, if you still doubt the power of social media, consider this: a growing number of companies and recruitment agents are checking the social media accounts of job applicants before making appointments.
Here are some simple rules to keep you out of hot water on social media:
Social media can be a lot of fun. It will allow you to connect with amazing people that you won't ever meet in real life; and others that you'd never want to meet. Enjoy the experience but don't lose sight of the perils.
When in doubt, the Socrates test is a useful measure: is it true, is it kind, and is it necessary?
Being an outsourced Project Manager means that you are going to be interviewed for your next assignment again, and again, and again. And, as the old saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression; so here are 10 ways to make sure that you get the assignments you want.
Prepare for the interview
Find out as much as you can about the company, its culture and the assignment beforehand. That way you will be able to engage the interviewer more meaningfully, give informed answers and ask the right questions.
Consider the type of company by whom you are being interviewed when deciding what to wear and, ideally, do some homework on their dress code. But, even if your interview falls on casual Friday, resist the temptation to pitch up in your casual gear! For gents, the rule of thumb is to wear a tie to the first meeting.
Brush up on your non-verbal messages
What you do during the interview can influence the interviewer’s opinion of you almost as much as what you say. So be sure to greet with a firm handshake, sit up straight and don’t fidget or sit with your arms crossed. Make eye contact when speaking and don’t forget to smile – a sincere smile says that you are friendly, relaxed and confident.
Practice makes perfect
Rehearse answers to the kinds of questions you are likely to be asked; where possible, weaving details of your skills and capabilities into your answers.
Arrive 10 minutes early
Allow plenty of time to get to the interview, taking into consideration traffic, roadworks or any other factors that could delay you. You definitely don’t want to arrive late or flustered. Consider using an app like Waze (the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app) to make sure you arrive on time.
Clean up your Facebook and Twitter accounts
These days, 91% of employers search the social media pages of prospective employees. If you think you’ve transgressed, use Social Sweepster, an app that detects any past inappropriate photos and profane content.
Time it right
According to jobs and recruiting site, Glassdoor, the best time and day to be interviewed is 10:30 on a Tuesday! That way you avoid employees gearing up for the week (Monday) or winding down (Friday). They also recommend avoiding the first or last slots of the day, as well as the slot just before lunch (the interviewer may be hungry and crabby) or straight after lunch (the interviewer may be sleepy).
Don’t overshare or talk too much
Even if the interviewer asks about your kids, cats, hobbies, or divorce...resist the temptation to go off on a tangent. Listen carefully to the questions and respond appropriately, giving just the right amount of detail in your answer.
Be ready to sell yourself
The interviewer essentially wants to know if you can do the job, and if you’ll fit in with the team (and company culture). Make sure that everything you say and do during the interview conveys this. By all means sell yourself but be honest and upfront – there’s no point in promoting skills you don’t have.
Thank the interviewer
A quick email to thank the interviewer for seeing you may not necessarily secure you the assignment but it will give you an edge – few people are immune to good manners!
IT Project Management is a broad field, the range of activities and applications makes it incredibly hard for one PM to master every aspect of the Project Life-cycle, each project manager will have clear strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their management style.
These weaknesses are not a bad thing, and if you can identify a weakness you can improve your knowledge or work towards making it a strength. That is where our PM Assessments come in.
Administered by our training partner PMIdeas, we use these assessments to peg each associates specific strengths, and the results can be used as a tool to plan future personal development goals that each of our Project Managers can work towards.
The PM Assessments are based on the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBoK) which is considered the world standard in Project Management and assesses each candidates knowledge of the 10 Knowledge areas contained in the PMBoK:
The ten knowledge areas, each of which contains some or all of the project management processes, are:
How do these assessments work?
Once an associate has met with us we will arrange for them to receive a link to their PM Assessment, this assessment is a series of multiple choice and free form questions, relating to specific areas of the PMBoK. Results are graded in the following form for each question:
The candidate understands this concept
The candidate understands the concept but did not explain it as it appears in the PMBoK
Not yet competent:
We are unable to determine if the candidate has fully grasped this concept.
Once completed, each candidate receives a score out of 496, the closer they manage to get to this score the more in line with the principals of the PMBoK they are. Based on their scores each candidate can then choose to expand their knowledge in areas they are weakest or focus on their strengths and work in their key area of knowledge.
Culture fit is a vital, yet often overlooked part of any successful team. When adding people to an existing team or starting a new endeavour, finding people that will work well together, and that compliment each others strengths or weaknesses, can mean the difference between success or failure.
With this important issue in mind, we partenered with PMIdeas take the guess work out of selecting the right project resource. Using the world recognised DiSC analysis to identify individual personality profiles, we can take the guess work out of selecting the right personality for the job.
A brief overview of the DiSC assessment:
DISC is a behaviour assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Marston, it was developed into a behavioural assessment tool by Industrial Psychologist Walter Clark. The assessment focuses on four key behavioural traits:
This online assessment is completed by each new candidate for free. We encourage them to hold onto their results and use them as part of their personal development planning. Weather they work fos us or our clients, or go on to work somewhere else, they have these results
IT is not a mere personality assessment, rather it is an assessment of an individuals behaviour in certain circumstances. Our DiSC is centred on behaviour in the work place, giving us a window into how a candidate might react or behave depending on the environment we place them in.
There are 15 Classical Profile Patterns, each portraying the behaviour of people with a specific blend of the four dimensions.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
This may seem like an obvious one, but in our experience the willingness to over-inflate skills is a reality of our job market.
We don’t want to sound like your mother, but lying is not and cannot be tolerated in the professional world. This is as true in the work place as it is for the information on your LinkedIn profile, or within your resume.
Not only is it very easy to check and confirm just about anything using the Internet, it is also a sign of how ethical (or unethical) you are. Appearing untrustworthy is never good for business.
McManus Consulting does a thorough check of every associate's history, including references and education. This is as much for the peace of mind of our clients, as it is to make sure that the quality of the professionals we engage is never compromised.
Our insistence on quality and honesty has served us well for over 20 years and we insist that every associate with which we engage follows the same ethos.
A well thought out and successful LinkedIn page can help to advertise your skills and knowledge, as well as give any perspective employer an insight into who you are and what you are like. Obviously, depending on the content and completeness of your profile, they can draw conclusions about you and how you may behave in a professional environment.
It is also important to word your profile summary and important information effectively so that it is communicated to the reader without confusing them.
When adding content, ask yourself the following questions:
It may also be helpful to have someone read through your profile for a second opinion or to point out any errors that you may have missed out. Most writers will tell you that once you have spent any significant time on a project it becomes almost impossible to see the wood for the trees, that is when a fresh set of eyes can be a powerful ally.
Your linkedIn page is an extension of your resume and as such you should put AS MUCH care and consideration into it's content as you would your CV.
Creating a professional profile is easy if you follow these steps..
At some stage we have all experience the pain of social media overload. Hundreds of emails telling you that your great auntie has posted yet another picture of her cat and invitations to be her friend on the latest game she is playing.
Because LinkedIn is for professionals, you won't be spammed every moment with endless updates from your network and if you follow our tips below you won't become one of those spammers who alienates and irritates your connections.Top tip 3 of 5 in a series
You can disable these updates by unchecking the box in your activity broadcast setting, accessible from the Privacy & Settings page.
You can also adjust the activity broadcast setting while editing your profile:
Creating a professional profile is easy if you follow these steps..
LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful way to sell yourself in an increasingly competitive marketplace. So creating a profile that is both professional and complete can give you a huge advantage.
It's all in the detail
A LinkedIn profile is similar to a work resume, where you display your past education information, work experience, skills, current work position and profile picture. You can follow LinkedIn’s Profile Completion Tips when editing your profile.
Besides that, adding a profile headline and summary would be real helpful to make a first impression.
The headline gives you a professional ‘identity’, a front that may or may not showcase some of the more detailed parts of your profile, hidden away from viewers who are not connected to you. A summary would bring out your personality which can complement your Curriculum Vitae (CV) if an employer were to view your profile.
It’s also important to use keywords in your headline, summary and throughout your entire profile. The keywords could consist of your main passion or profession and will help your LinkedIn profile turn up more often on search engine results. these key words mean that your profile appears when prospective employers do a search for skills and competencies.
Creating a professional profile is easy if you follow these steps...Regardless of whether you are currently looking for new opportunities or are secure in your current contract, LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool that can help you achieve your professional goals.
A hunting ground for head-hunters, HR managers and new businesses looking for partners or opportunities, LinkedIn can help you take advantage of these opportunities, so a professional profile is a must.
Unlike on Facebook, where profiles could be made up and are more suitable for personal networking rather than a professional one, LinkedIn encourages users to provide a highly professional look to their resume and/or profile on the networking site.
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