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:…

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…

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…

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,…

Disabled People’s Learnerships

A South African Case Study of Mentoring in support of a learnership Improving access to employment opportunities and careers for people with disabilities is a key focus of the South Africa Employment Equity Act and the various Codes of Practice associated with the Act. Yet the challenge of doing something practical about it has exercised…

The Critical Importance of MDQ’s

One of the characteristics of highly effective people and highly effective organisations is their capacity to ask MDQs – Massively Difficult Questions. MDQs are the essential precursors to insight. They force people to address issues they may have been avoiding, open out alternate perspectives and stimulate deep reflection. Effective individuals pose such questions both for…