OE Cam is delighted to be facilitating a practical seminar on “Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Talent” for the British Psychological Society’s* (BPS) conference on 8th September at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Workshop Synopsis:  The client had an ambitious, high-risk strategy to deliver double-digit growth. It was a controversial project and would need people to take risks and make bold decisions; to challenge the very core of the business. It would need what OE Cam calls ‘Disruptive Talent’. People who “think and act differently, who innovate, who challenge conventional wisdom and practice. They spot trends, see commercial opportunities and tenaciously find new & better ways to deliver business success“.

Stephanie Garforth, Senior Consultant at OE Cam will explain how they helped to identify, assess and harness Disruptive Talent to deliver an exciting New Ventures programme.

Atypically, OE Cam Business Psychologists were looking for the outliers in Assessment Centres. Identifying Disruptive Talent required specific expertise in profiling and design of unconventional assessment exercises. In addition, it was vital to develop a rigorous process for people recommendations, as the Board would be signing off on appointment of leaders with character strengths that were radically different to those in the core business.

Whilst pioneering and progressive, Disruptive Talent tends to have a ‘dark’ side – a range of traits that would potentially derail the programme. The right support and environment had to be put in place to allow the disruptive characteristics to function effectively; to flourish rather than be minimised. Without psychological intervention, Disruptive Talent would lose all value they could potentially bring to the business. What were the ‘watch outs’ and could the risks be sufficiently mitigated?

Interestingly, OE Cam chose to enter into a gain share agreement with the client whereby fees for the work would increase or decrease based on the success or failure of the programme…

Join Stephanie’s workshop at the BPS conference on 8th September to hear the outcome and learn more about how OE Cam harnesses the power of Disruptive Talent.

The conference is open to members of the public as well as BPS members and will be an opportunity to discuss and share thoughts around the application of psychology across the Eastern region.  For more information, please visit The British Psychological Society website.

* The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and practical applications of the discipline.