International Mentoring Day

In the UK, a National Mentoring Day was created by Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor, to help encourage and celebrate mentoring in all its forms. The idea has been taken up by Coaching and Mentoring International and activities are planned in countries around the world. A free webinar is on offer as follows: Date:…

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People Development in hard times

What to do when budgets are cut? What to do when key people are still leaving because of the skills shortage? In-house coaching and mentoring programmes are one of the most cost-effective development processes available – because in setting up such schemes, you develop two people at once – the coach or mentor and the…

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Ubuntu in Entrepreneurship Mentoring

“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others…

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Are you ready to be coached? 2

Setting coachees up for success – Part 2 – Developing coachees’ self-coaching capacity In general, coaching is perceived as being about learning and human growth, resulting in sustainable behavioural change and enhanced personal effectiveness for the coachee. Yet, because we live in a constantly changing environment, a key challenge is posed for coaching practitioners; this…

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In-house mentoring and coaching programmes

The demand for mentoring and coaching programmes is on the increase in South Africa, driven by the skills development and B-BEE imperatives. Professional associations and SETA’s have specified mentorship as an important element of professional training, internships and learnerships. Business development agencies such as SEDA and the Youth Development Fund are running small business mentoring…

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Human Capital Management implications of the work-life balance dilemma

Research studies are showing conflicting information about the importance on taking work-life balance into account when designing human capital management strategies. On the one hand, according to Accenture in Best Employers South Africa 2007, “diverse gender, generational and cultural requirements mean companies also require flexible working conditions – work-life balance is pivotal”.  In the UK,…

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