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Simon Baron is an "A-Player" type profile.

A-Player profiles have unusually strong adaptability, learn very quickly and are strongly action-oriented. They have a tendency to succeed and progress easily, regardless of the environment in which they're likely to evolve.

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Simon Baron

Chief Science & Innovation @ ASSESSFIRST SAS

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How they behave
What they want to do
What they can do


Personal Pitch

I’m leading the AssessFirst Science & Innovation team. We are developing psychometric questionnaires & algorithms that allow companies to predict the success of their candidates/employees in a given role. My current projects: # Automation of predictive recruitment algorithms. Our aim is to give for everybody the capacity for talent analysis : to understand why some people are successful in their company…and why some other aren't! So they can target the candidates with the best potential to thrive. No more complex and time consuming studies, consulting…our new smart feature gives access to this intelligence for all of our users. Advancement : V1 released. V2 in progress (95%) # New reasoning skills test. Old school intelligence tests are outdated. I also find gaming assessments can often be deceptive. My team and I are working to develop a new system of assessment. Cross-cultural. It will of course be a CAT (computer adaptive test). Advancement : 17% (we have the items templates!) # New personality + motivation framework. BIG5 is interesting…but it also misses a lot ( as the science says). It’s time to use the latest research in the field to review how we assess personality. Advancement : 23% # Team effectiveness analysis. I'm keeping this one in mind, but I have to be realistic : I don’t have enough time to work on it right now. If you would like to have a contribution on this projects, as a team member/partner/researcher/student…or if you just would like to know more about it for a coffee/drink contact me ! I also like… Running (Team Trail Paris). My PR : 10km (2017) - 38'07 Half-Marathon (2018) - 1'24'45 Marathon (2017) - 3'21'58 Reading : Scientific papers Bertrand RUSSELL Arthur SCHOPENHAUER


Preferred behaviors

Shape Shape + Drive
Highly motivating aspect that will make him feel fulfilled


Build relationships / Take the lead / Unite and mobilize

Behaviors in the "influence" category are linked to providing direction. They include developing a professional network, managing teams, making decisions and being motivated to get ideas across. These behaviors provide insight on a person's natural ability to mobilize others and the way they establish relationships.

Build relationships
Take the lead
Unite and mobilize


Communicate with diplomacy / Provide support / Work collaboratively

Behaviours in the "cooperate" category are linked to facilitating collective work. They include mediating interactions between people, solving conflict, making use of the team's resources, and providing support for others. These behaviours provide insight on a person's natural ability to evolve within a group.

Communicate with diplomacy
Provide support
Work collaboratively


Anticipate challenges / Develop a vision / Innovate

Behaviors in the "think" category are linked to conceiving projects. They include designing strategies, identifying project risks, evaluating tasks and activities, and contributing new ideas. These behaviors provide insight on a person's natural ability to process abstract rather than practical concepts.

Anticipate challenges
Develop a vision


Take initiative / Plan and organize / Inspect and Improve

Behaviors in the "act" category are linked to obtaining results. They include launching projects, implementing action plans, monitoring outcomes, or controlling production quality. These behaviors provide insight on a person's natural ability to understand practical rather than abstract concepts.

Take initiative
Plan and organize
Inspect and Improve


Spread enthusiasm / React swiftly / Handle stress

Behaviors in the "feel" category are linked to controlling one's emotions. They include managing stress, investing one's energy, and radiating a positive vibe. These behaviors provide insight on a person's natural ability to express and channel their emotions in different contexts.

Spread enthusiasm
React swiftly
Handle stress
Highly developed:
Higher than 80% of people
Well developed:
Higher than 60% of people
Moderately developed:
Higher than 40% of people
Slightly developed:
Lower than 60% of people
Lower than 80% of people

Personal style

Simon Baron comes across as someone determined and strong-minded. He is proactive and always on the lookout for suggestions and initiatives to take his work forward. He has a flexible approach to his job and can easily handle change and unexpected events. The engaging way in which he presents his ideas leaves those he talks to in little doubt - you want to follow his lead. His leadership and passion for continual progress make him an extraordinary driving force in a team.

His strong points

In his relationship with others
  • He is a critical thinker and only accepts reasoned ideas.
  • He tries to get his ideas across, and inspires team spirit.
  • He speaks with spontaneity, and says what he thinks.
In his working style
    He is tenacious and not easily discouraged.
    He strives for excellence and is not satisfied with the bare minimum.
    He is very proactive and finds it easy to come up with new ideas.
In his emotional management
    He expresses his feelings and finds it easy to communicate with others.
    He tries things out and is willing to take risks.
    He is responsive, very energetic and has a sense of urgency.

Talent Tags

#lead #conviction #observant #straightforward #detached #confident #critical #independent #multi-tasker #conceptual #creative #improvises #tenacious #initiative #expressive #takes risks

How they could be more effective

    He would benefit from letting others fully express themselves before voicing reservations about their suggestions.
    He would benefit from letting others take care of certain tasks rather than trying to do everything himself.
    He would benefit from finishing what he starts before moving on to new activities.


What motivates him the most ...

Excelling every day
Analyzing data
Having a positive impact on the world

What motivates him the least

Helping others
Meeting new people
Maintaining personal balance

The way he manages his energy

Simon Baron channels his energy almost exclusively towards the search for new challenges. He likes to keep things moving and usually ensures he is at the heart of the action. He needs to work at a fast pace that leaves no room for tedium. For him, taking risks is essential. Stability bores rather than reassures him.

The activities he prefers


Designing is an essential activity in which Simon Baron feels fully engaged. Contributing his imagination and ideas is crucial to him because he draws a lot of energy and passion from it. It is one of the key ways in which he finds satisfaction in his work.


It is essential for Simon Baron to be able to invest himself in an activity where he has to initiate the action process. He is satisfied when pushing projects and producing results. He is impatient and seeks to boost the energy when carrying out work.


Evaluating is an activity that highly suits Simon Baron. He particularly likes to be a point of reference when evaluating a subject. He likes providing his critical view and his opinions, and comparing them to others'. Evaluating is, therefore, a key source of motivation for Simon Baron.

The environment he seeks

#casual #flexibility #friendly #agility #hospitable #adaptability #proximity #freedom #welcoming

The management style he uses

Come with me
Watch and do as I do

What this means

Simon Baron is a manager with a clear and inspiring vision. He rallies his employees around precise, shared objectives. Driven by results and focused on achievements, he expects everyone to push themselves to achieve the common goal.

The management style he seeks

Come with me
Watch and do as I do

How should he be managed?

Simon Baron expects a manager to provide a clear and inspiring vision. Above all, he wants to be motivated towards precise, shared objectives. He needs a leader who is involved and asks him to push himself to achieve the common goal. He is motivated by results-driven leader who values achievement.

The culture in which they blossom

Flexibility Control Relationships Results Collaboration Innovation Organization Competition
Preferred culture
Secondary culture

What environment will he thrive in?

Simon Baron seeks an active work environment oriented towards results. They are best satisfied in a company culture that values innovation by adopting a flexible approach to work. Each person is free to work in their own way to achieve their goals. They need a work context that evolves regularly to integrate new ways of working, and be regularly questioned. Indeed, they expect to be stimulated by their environment, and in no case do they set themselves a work routine. Definitively, they need few rules, but rather a culture that values accomplishments.


Their way of thinking

Preferred tasks Complex

Capacity to comprehend new and strategic subjects.

Decision-making Quick

He moves quickly from one task to the next, and does not linger on obstacles.

Learning style Innovate

Easily integrates and tests new concepts himself.

Problems they can deal with

Brilliant from an intellectual point of view, Simon Baron tends to easily adapt concepts that were initially foreign. He is able to understand new or complex subjects without needing to see them in practice. This means he can develop his skills by researching and reading about a diverse range of subjects. He needs to be intellectually stimulated by his work, without which he may get bored quickly.

Simon Baron's spontaneous temperament leads him to learn by testing concepts and techniques himself. For him, the best way to acquire new knowledge is to try, develop understanding through failure, then start again. He sometimes lacks patience. To integrate new ideas or new knowledge, he first needs to experiment by himself.