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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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Points of interest

skiing running fencing elon musk AI


How he behaves
What he wants to do
What he 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 Old school intelligence tests are outdated.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 behaviours

Demonstrate dynamism
Channel energy
Manage stress
Have critical thinking
Design strategies
Organise and execute
Manage change
Demonstrate proactivity
Develop relationship
Lead people
Communicate tactfully
Support others
Distinctive potential
Recognised potential
Easily mobilised potential
Potential to be developed

Personal style

Simon Baron comes across as someone determined and strong-minded. He is proactive and always on the lookout for suggestions and actions 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 him. His leadership and desire for continual progress make him an incredible driving force in a team.

His strong points

In his relationships with others
  • He is a critical thinker and only accepts reasoned ideas.
  • He tries to get his ideas across, inspires team spirit.
  • He demonstrates spontaneous communication and is frank.
In his working style
  • He is tenacious and is 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 people.
  • 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 #direct #detached #confident #Critical #independent #multi-tasker #conceptual #creative #improvises #tenacious #initiative #expressive #takes risks

How he could be more effective

  • He would benefit from letting others fully express themselves before voicing his reservations about their suggestions.
  • He would benefit from letting others take care of certain tasks rather than trying to do everything by himself.
  • He would benefit from finishing what he has started before beginning new activities.


What drives him ...

Excel everyday
Analyse data
Making a positive impact on the world

And what motivates him less

Helping others
Meet new people
Maintaining personal balance

The way he manages his energy

Simon Baron orients his energy almost exclusively towards the search for new challenges. He likes that things move and generally makes sure to always be at the centre of the action. What he needs is a fast pace that does not leave room for boredom. For him, taking risks is essential. Stability annoys 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, indeed, crucial for him because he draws a lot of energy and interest from it. It is one of the ways 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.


This activity absolutely suits Simon Baron. He particularly likes to be a point of reference to assess a subject. He likes providing his critique, his opinions and comparing them with others. Assessment is, therefore, a principle 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 visionary manager who is inspiring. He motivates his employees around clear shared objectives. Driven by results and valuing 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 bring a vision and inspire. He needs, above all, to be challenged towards clear and shared objectives. He needs a leader who gets involved and who asks him to push himself to achieve the collective objective. He is motivated by a leader who has a sense of outcomes and who values accomplished results.

The culture in which he blossoms

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

What's the best environment for his development?

Simon Baron seeks an active work environment oriented towards results. He is 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. He needs a work context that evolves regularly to integrate new ways of working, and be regularly questioned. Indeed, he expects to be stimulated by his environment, and in no case does he set himself a work routine. Definitively, he needs few rules, but rather a culture that values accomplishments.


His way of thinking

Preferred work Complex

Manipulate data
Manage the unexpected
Use knowledge

Decision-making Quick

He needs to progress quickly from one activity to another without getting stuck.

Learning style Deepens

Relies on reflections and proven concepts to progress.

Problems he can deal with

Reasoning from numerical information is something Simon Baron does easily. He is, indeed, comfortable analysing tables, graphs, and doing mathematical calculations. Data is more accessible for him that other kinds of formats and he has a particular receptiveness in this area.
Simon Baron has a particular affinity for tasks that require work on concepts. He is comfortable thinking about fundamentally abstract information. An intense analysis leads him to throw himself into it and try to predict all the aspects linked to projects on which he is working. He could even lack, sometimes, a bit of realism.