Talent, the new book written by two Jersey psychologists, reveals the personality test results of elite people

| June 25, 2009

Isle News, 25 June 2009 – Internationally acclaimed industrial psychologist and Jersey resident Professor Peter Saville has teamed up with Jerseyman and psychologist Tom Hopton for their latest book, Talent. Writing the book from Saville Consulting Group’s head office in St Helier over the past year, they have produced an insightful yet effortless read which examines success in outstanding performer.

Talent comprises a collection of interviews with top sportspeople, entrepreneurs and other well?known individuals who completed Saville Consulting’s Wave®, a scientifically?established personality test. Each individual is featured in a separate chapter which reveals their Wave results and explores the positive aspects of their personality. Every individual also offers their own personal perspective on their results, careers and successes. This provides a rare insight into the personalities of many exceptional characters.  

Sporting legends such as Jersey resident Ian Woosnam, soccer players Bob Wilson and Stan Bowles and rugby player Gareth Edwards sit alongside others such as Cary Cooper, a world?renowned expert on health in the workplace. Also included in the impressive ranks of Talent is Ajaz Ahmed, entrepreneur and founder of the £9 billion company Freeserve, and Ronald Stouffer, co?winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Royalties from the sale of Talent are going to the Willow Foundation, a unique national charity which was founded by Bob and Megs Wilson and organises special days for seriously ill 16?40 year olds.

Talent launches on July 8th at the Cumberland Hotel, London, at 6pm, and many of the individuals featured in the book have agreed to attend the launch party.

From the 8th July, Talent will be available from Amazon.co.uk, priced at £9.99. Ian Woosnam and many of the other individuals featured in Talent have agreed to autograph the book on behalf of the Willow Foundation and a limited number of autographed copies of Talent will also be available at the book launch.

To register your place at the free book launch, please access the book’s website at www.savilleconsulting.com/talent, or RSVP to Tom Hopton via tom.hopton@savilleconsulting.com or (01534) 726820.

Individuals featured in Talent are:

Stan “The Man” Bowles: The Ultimate Soccer Maverick
Ian Woosnam OBE: World No.1 Golfer and Winning Ryder Cup Captain
Ajaz Ahmed: Entrepreneur, Founder of the £9 Billion Company Freeserve
George Cohen MBE: 1966 Soccer World Cup Winner
Ronald Stouffer: Co?Winner Nobel Peace Prize, Global Warming
Sonia O’Sullivan: World Champion Athlete
Cary Cooper CBE: Guru on Stress in The Workplace
Ron “Chopper” Harris: Soccer’s Hard Man
Kathryn McCusker: Australian Opera Star
Mark Ramprakash: International Cricketer, Strictly Come Dancing Champion
Ray Wilkins MBE: English International, Chelsea, Manchester United, Rangers and AC Milan Footballer
Rebecca Hossack: Art Entrepreneur
Gareth Edwards CBE: Voted The Greatest Rugby Player of All Time
Bob Wilson OBE: Soccer Legend, BBC TV Personality
Meredith Belbin: The Father of Effective Workplace Teams
Jeremy Snape: International Cricketer, Elite Performance Psychologist

About the Authors

Professor Peter Saville is International Chairman of Saville Consulting and researches valid and improved ways to measure workplace performance. In 2001 Peter was voted one of Britain’s top ten psychologists, the only industrial psychologist listed. In 1998 he was nominated as one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs. His portrait hung in the National Gallery, London, after he was awarded the British Psychological Society’s Centenary Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology. He has published over 200 papers, books, questionnaires and keynote speeches, as well as having been interviewed on radio and television around the world. Peter has consulted with many of the FTSE and Fortune 100 companies, as well as public bodies and the United Nations.

Tom Hopton is a consultant at Saville Consulting who graduated from Oxford University as an Experimental Psychologist. Working in the research and development of various psychometric instruments, he has recently co?ordinated a major validation study of personality questionnaires. A Jerseyman and swimmer once ranked second in the British Isles, Tom is interested in the psychology of high performance and is currently researching the personality, talents and motivations of elite sportspeople, entrepreneurs and other well?known individuals.

For more information about Talent, please access the book’s website at www.savilleconsulting.com/talent, or contact Tom Hopton via tom.hopton@savilleconsulting.com or (01534) 726820.

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