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The Headhunters Club of Paris fields its Recruiter Members as Assessment Guinea Pigs

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At what point does the evaluation of our capacities and the transmission of those results suddenly become threatening to us as an invasion of privacy or a nasty moral judgment of our character?

Library of l’Hôtel de l’Industrie

This was the underlying theme of the evening’s presentation by two assessment agency experts at the monthly meeting of the Paris Headhunters Club on January 17, 2018, in the historic library of the l’Hôtel de l’Industrie à Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

One by one, our two experts from different assessment agencies – Mrs. Claire Peres, founder and manager of CAP Consultants in Paris  and Mrs. Céline Labaune, project leader at CCLD Recruitment in Lyon – attempted to reassure our collective recruiter souls of the scientific viability and peaceful intentions of their preferred instruments of human capacity measurement: “assessments”.

Assessment is, of course, an English word that most Anglophones are familiar with as pertaining to evaluations and appraisals. Tests, if you will. It turns out that the English word has now merged seamlessly with the French language, albeit with perhaps some nuances that we recruiters, human resource directors (HRDs) and coaches need to have clarified for us. [Read more…]

Enfin du Progrès en France concernant le diagnostic et le traitement du TDAH!

par Constance Konoldle 5 octobre 2017

Lorsque je me suis inscrite à la journée d’information et de conférence sur le “TDAH et Accès aux Soins” organisé par l’Université de Paris-Nanterre le 29 septembre dernier, je ne m’attendais pas à ce que le sujet soit controversé.

Or, à l’heure du déjeuner, les 920 participants ( à 95 percent des femmes ) ont eu droit à une manifestation d’une petite poignée de “nouveaux psychanalystes ” très mécontents que l’Université Paris-Nanterre crédibilise le TDAH en hébergeant cette conférence.  Perplexe, je trouve sur le blog de Christian Colbeaux du 13 septembre dernier, un début d’explication : les psychanalystes sont très fâchés que la Haute Autorité de la Santé (HAS), donc l’Etat, soit passé par-dessus la tête des ” experts français ” pour soit disant promouvoir le diagnostic TDAH selon une classification américaine : le “DSM 5” (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), ce que les psychanalystes français perçoivent comme une arnaque manigancée par l’industrie pharmaceutique juste pour vendre de l’ “amphétamine ” aux gosses.  Si on lit entre les lignes on comprend que les psychanalystes français ont peur pour leur métier même car beaucoup de pédopsychiatres sont formés en psychanalyse or ils ignorent tout sur le TDAH (Colbeaux 2017).  

Les temps sont durs pour les psychanalystes qui ont également perdu leur terrain d’exclusivité sur le diagnostic et le traitement de l’autisme en France en 2012 (Psychologies 2016). [Read more…]

Working with diverse populations: the tourism perspective at the International Tourism Safety Conference

cross-cultural knowledgeConstance was invited to be a speaker at the annual conference of the International Tourist Safety Association in Las Vegas.

She spoke to tourism security leaders and professionals from all over the world on using cross-cultural knowledge to favorably impact tourism management, from marketing to security. [Read more…]

Career Spotlight: “Governance” rocks for Women (in France)!

61080768-92da-4928-a635-0317f8cff309One of my favorite roles as career coach is to identify new types of jobs and careers. Today, there are people trail-blazing in careers they can’t even give a label to; there are need-built jobs emerging daily from new technologies –  jobs that remain “confidential” because no one with more than two degrees of separation knows about them.  In this context, I am always scouting for opportunities for my potential clients.  Okay. Especially for women.  The  sooner the historical professional gender gap bites the dust, the happier I will be.

My latest “find” is corporate governance, or “gouvernance d’entreprise” in French.  For the past twenty years, my shtik has been encouraging women to pursue getting on corporate boards; now I realize I should be recommending one better: corporate governance advisor, where you may have the role of being on several boards.  Although corporate governance usually starts as a salaried in-house position, it is also possible to pursue it independently as a consultant for multiple companies.   The latter requires a mature career in all aspects of governance as well as polish in both networking and communications. [Read more…]

The NPD-afflicted lurking among us

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)There’s been a lot of talk recently about Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) due to one of the current candidates in the U.S. Presidential elections. Those of us with forty years of career behind us know that almost all professional paths are strewn with both the NPD-afflicted and their victims, so it’s a good thing to recognize them because the only way to deal with them is to avoid them. Yes, just find another job!

If that sounds categorical, it is. Getting someone who thinks he or she is always right to admit an imperfection or error is not only a Herculean task but, if successful, potentially dangerous; NPD verbal hyperbole and bile can easily turn to nasty action. [Read more…]

Cultural Stereotyping as A Tool

Cultural StereotypingIf we seek to understand a people, we have to try to put ourselves, as far as we can, in that particular historical and cultural background.
– Jawaharlal Nehru, Visit to America

When studying foreign cultures, it’s often hard to avoid discussing generalizations and stereotypes. While stereotyping has a dubious reputation, it is actually quite useful in describing foreign cultures. One caveat is that any discussion of stereotypes should be accompanied by an explanation of the so-called Ladder of Inference – a scale, or figurative ladder – that starts off with generalizations and stereotypes and escalates to undesirable states of prejudice, racism, violence, and hatred. For this reason, all discussion of cultural stereotypes is best moderated with even-handedness and a sense of humor. (Yes, ethnocentrism thrives in most cultures. [Read more…]

On Herding Cats and Frenchmen

Herding Cats and FrenchmenPart of my latent career experience is in event management, so the idea of organizing a conference in Paris for fifty or so hoteliers didn’t seem like much of a stretch when I was first approached – shortly after the horrifying Bastille Day tragedy in Nice (July 14, 2016) – by a world-renown American expert on combating international terrorism in tourism, who was interested in speaking to the French hospitality sector.

It was an easy project in Anglo-Saxon terms: get a group of concerned professionals together to explore a timely, “hot” topic – preventing terrorism – in order to come up with some creative, holistic solutions for tourism in France. [Read more…]

Time for Serial Careers

Serial CareersCareer coaching is full of incredible surprises. This is a true story about age, the perception of time, and – inevitably – why career coaching is the bolt of lightning that lights up your darkened path.

One of my earliest career-coaching clients was also my twenty-eight-year-old accountant. He was just starting out, tugging at his rural roots in order to transplant into a more urban area, and very enthusiastic about being coached “just to see what it’s all about” but not really thinking that it would have any personal benefits for him. [Read more…]

Composing a Career: Coaching as Artistic Self-Anthropology

I recently listened to a recorded interview[1] of Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of the famous American and British anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and author of the book “Composing a Life”[2], that struck me as a treatise for the justification for professional or career coaching.

Since the 1990s,  she says,  “Consistant career paths aren’t there for anyone. We now live with constant change.”  Yep, I know all about that; I have been helping people swim upstream in rapid change for nearly two decades now. [Read more…]

What to expect from the coaching experience

Check out this great info-graphic from the International Coach Federation to learn more about coaching.

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