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“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.”
Alfred Kyrzobski, the father of General Semantics is famously quoted for saying: “The map is not the territory.” By this he meant that our human nervous system and our language precludes us from directly perceiving reality. We can only experience abstractions of it…
It is so easy to focus on what’s going wrong. Our brains, which love to predict where things are going, can quickly become overwhelmed when we start to ask ourselves: “and then…?”, “and then…?”. This week Dr. Karina de Bruin discusses a different approach…
Using the SCARF model to improve your leadership skills
Last year I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Dr David Rock, founding member of the NeuroLeadership Institute. The topic of the lecture was ‘Developing leaders with the brain in mind’.
NeuroLeadership focuses on how individuals in a social environment make decisions, solve problems, regulate their emotions, collaborate with and influence others, and facilitate change (Ringleb and Rock, 2008).
The lecture highlighted the importance of developing leaders, who are not only technically astute but who are also successful in dealing with people. To achieve this, Dr Rock presented the SCARF model, which is rooted in social neuroscience, and is useful when collaborating with and influencing others…
There is no “one size fits all” approach for creating motivation, as the right motivational strategies need to connect with your team. Through your insights of your team members, the environment and overall organisational strategy, you can achieve enhanced motivation by using the following 7 R’s…
For years we have been told that if we work harder, better, faster and use the latest technology, we will arrive at the promised land of milk and honey (where all the happy and successful people get to hang out). So we learn new techniques, we apply them, use the latest gadgets, try harder, but we never arrive.
Bring some MBTI party flair into your own world!
MBTI celebrates it’s 70th anniversary this year! One element of the celebration is a superb website that CPP has launched called www.mbtiparty.com. It has tons of guest stories, and you are invited to share your own MBTI story. it showcases the rich history of the MBTI development. There’s also a free type profile in a creative and inspiring design, so visit the website and download your ‘TYPE-head’.
A technique to get you back in the saddle quickly
He didn’t grow up in a warm and loving household. His parents were emotionally distant to say the least. He was a sickly youth, and between the ages of 5 and 8, he was hospitalised no fewer than 8 times. He grew up to become a shy adolescent, but he would not fall victim to this tendency forever.
The rapidly changing world of work generates a continuous flow of new information to which we need to adjust. Globalisation and technological developments challenge us on a daily basis to cope with these changes, and for many organisations, lack of access to the right skills is becoming a problem. Also, the world of work no longer offers us jobs that we can pursue over one lifetime. Most of us are likely to be required to make several job shifts during our working lives…
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While there is a large volume of literature on highly functioning teams available, most of it focuses on the proper mix of skills and experience. What Hogan Assessment Systems terms the “psychological roles” of team members is often ignored, although it plays a similar, if not more important role in effective teams.
The right mix of personalities is critical when forming a team. This mix consists of the proper balance of psychological roles, the absence of dysfunctional personality characteristics (derailers), and shared values that anchor the team.
New research is showing that customer loyalty might be more dependent on your employees’ 'human competencies' than you might think.
In 2011 the CEB Sales Leadership Council, published a study which aimed to measure the components of customer loyalty. The results were fairly disruptive…
Please note that JvR Consulting Psychologists are moving to new premises today (01/03/2013); just up the road from the old building on 15 Hunter Avenue. JvR Psychometrics and JvR Academy occupies the building on 15 Hunter street and JvR Consulting Psychologists can be found at:
FERNRIDGE OFFICE PARK BLOCK 4 (1st Floor)
5 HUNTER AVENUE
You can contact JvR Consulting Psychologists on: +27 11 886 3870
From 01/03/2013 the JvR Training Department will function as a separate business entity called JvR Academy.
We now form part of the JvR Africa Group of companies, along with JvR Psychometrics and JvR Consulting Psychologists. For you this means better service and more choice of how we can serve your needs.
To celebrate this occasion, we have scheduled a whole range of exciting learning and development opportunities, all of which are CEU bearing. Refer to our events schedule for upcoming events.
Coming soon: A new website aimed at sharing valuable content with you and an all new eLearning offering focusing on emotional intelligence, selling, management skills and more…
P.S. From here we will have a regular segment in the JvR Africa Group monthly newsletter. If you wish to get exclusive JvR Academy updates you can subscribe here.
Karina de Bruin (MD: JvR Academy)
About JvR Academy
We provide professionals in the field of Psychology and other related disciplines with learning, development, assessment accreditation and CEUs.
We also provide organisations, teams and individuals with skills development opportunities for improved effectiveness and interpersonal functioning.
We would like to announce that Dr. Jarrett Shalhoop from Hogan Assessment Systems* will be visiting South Africa from the 18th to the 23rd of March 2013. He will be presenting talks on Toxic Leadership and run an In-depth Hogan Interpretation workshop in Johannesburg. He will then be attending at the First World Conference on Personality in Stellenbosch, where he will present a paper on the role of personality in cross-cultural leadership.
Upcoming HOGAN events
Toxic Individuals, Teams and Organisations: A Consulting Psychology perspective
Presented by Dr Jarrett Shalhoop of Hogan Assessment Systems (USA), Professor Pieter Koortzen and Dr Grant Freedman of JvR Consulting Psychologists.
When: Monday 18th of March (19:00 – 21:00)
Where: JvR Consulting Psychologists new offices
Cost: R150 per person (Complete this form if you are interested. We will follow-up with you)
In-Depth Hogan Interpretation Workshop
Presented by Dr Jarrett Shalhoop of Hogan Assessment Systems (USA)
When: Wednesday 20th of March (09:30 – 14:30)
Where: 15 Hunter Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg
Cost: R700.00 + VAT per delegate
Dr. Shalhoop is a Senior Consultant in the Hogan International Consulting Practice and he has worked with numerous Global 500 companies where he has designed and implemented employee selection and development programmes. He has also been actively involved in a multitude of research projects including the development, validation, and evaluation of assessment-based solutions and the creation of training programmes for organisations.
During his visit to South Africa Dr. Shalhoop will be sharing his expertise on the Hogan Assessment Suite including the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and the Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI). Dr. Shalhoop will also be giving seminars on the much anticipated Hogan Team Report. The Hogan Team Report reveals internal team dynamics which assists teams to function and perform at a higher level. Dr. Shalhoop will also meet with Hogan accredited clients, sharing his expertise, skill, and knowledge in the fields of assessment, selection, development, and training.
On the 21st of March 2013 at the First World Conference on Personality in Stellenbosch, Dr. Shalhoop will be presenting a paper entitled The Role of Personality in Cross Cultural Leadership which is of particular importance in the diverse South African context.
Contact Shadi at the JvR Academy (email@example.com) for more information about Dr. Shalhoop’s seminars, and client contact sessions.
*Hogan Assessment Systems is an international authority on personality-based assessment and selection. The organisation has over 30 years’ experience in the field of personality testing with the view of assessing talent quantitatively to maximise employee potential. Hogan Assessment Systems pride themselves on providing the highest quality researched-based assessment solutions for organisations. JvR Psychometrics distributes the HPI, HDS, MVPI, Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) and Matrigma for Hogan Assessments Systems in South Africa and also provides accreditation training, research, and advice on the use of the Hogan Assessment Suite.
If for each environment there is a best organism, for every organism there is a best environment.
[Cronbach, 1957, p. 679].
Assessment Centres (ACs) have been used extensively across a wide variety of organisational settings worldwide for selection, promotion, and development purposes. Emanating from the need to assess candidates’ typical performance in a more contextually nuanced approach, ACs gained prominence in the organisational setting after WWII (Duncan, Jackson, Lance, & Hoffman, 2012). Although, ACs are often confused with a physical place, it is rather a process or technique designed to elicit, observe and classify behaviour in a given context. Although ACs can consist of conventional ability and personality measures, simulations are the critical ingredient that differentiates ACs from other selection procedures (International Taskforce on Assessment Centre Guidelines, 2009). This important design principle allows expert observers/ raters to observe desired behaviours that are critical to successful job performance and at the same time, those situations in which these behaviours need to be displayed.
JvR is proud to add another tool to our South African Product Range.
Developed by Pam Tudin, Clinical Psychologist and Sally Fraser-Mackenzie Occupational Therapist, EQ in a Box© will help ANY CHILD (aged 4-15 years) to:
- Build better relationships with friends, teachers and his/her parents
- Manage conflict with peers and parents
- Develop leadership skills
- Be more co-operative with adults and siblings
- Communicate better
- Enhance his/her self esteem
Anyone can use EQ in a Box, so contact us for more information on 011 781 3705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of the establishment of Jopie van Rooyen & Partners as a business. How time has flown since those early days in 1993 when the fledgling company was formed by the mother and daughter team- both called Jopie (Dr Jopie van Rooyen and Dr Jopie de Beer).
Over the past 20 years, we have heard numerous people refer to the company as “Jopie and them”, but more often we are referred to as the abbreviated “JvR” or even “JvR Africa”. Here at JvR, we have made a concerted effort to establish the JvR brand as promising excellent quality, solid research and the best Psychology can offer.
We have over the two decades been blessed with steady business growth allowing us to at present employ close to 90 people. Over the last few months we have embarked on a restructuring exercise which has culminated in the official formation of the JvR Africa Group consisting of three distinct companies.
It has become really important to distinguish between these companies and their unique offerings. JvR Consulting Psychologists clearly says what they do; JvR Academy defines their focus on training and skills development. It is for this reason that we decided to change the name of Jopie van Rooyen & Partners to JvR Psychometrics -which unambiguously describes in which area of Psychology the company specialises in.
A new name requires a new logo. Something that further builds on the reputation we have established over the last two decades. So, with the design of the new JvR Psychometrics logo, we looked towards the past with some nostalgia to see how the JvR logo had changed over the years. You may still remember some of the earlier logos:
As from the 1st of March you will see our transition to the new logo, specifically also on our website, our scoring platforms as well as our new Workplace Catalogue.
You may at times see it combined with the logos of the other two companies in the JvR Africa Group as shown in the following example:
Please note that, other than the name and the logo changing, all our information such as bank account detail or telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and physical addresses stay exactly the same.
Please visit us at our offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town or the Free State for a cup of coffee. We will enjoy the opportunity to reminisce about years gone by, but also to talk about the wonderful opportunities for Psychology in Africa in years to come!
Dr Jopie de Beer
MD JvR Psychometrics
Much has been written about how to deal with this challenge, which is impacting on the South African society at various levels, including the national economy. To be sure, unless a sufficient number of learners (Grade 12s in particular) achieve adequately in Mathematics every year, every facet of the economy is impacted negatively and growth is stifled. This challenge should be approached from a multidimensional perspective…