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…

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…

Courageous Networking

Extracted from DDI White Paper – Strong Start to Job Success  by: Dr W C Byham with MDQ comments on the application in coaching and mentoring Courageous Networking defined Courageous Networking is the proactive relationship-building and information-seeking behaviour that new hires engage in to help them become quickly proficient in the job. The name “courageous” networking…

Women as mentors

Recent research by DDI associates and staff[1] found that most of their female respondents had never had a formal mentor. And yet, most respondents felt that mentorship is highly important in helping to advance their careers. The study was carried out across 19 countries and many industry sectors and attracted responses from mainly senior and…

Why volunteer as a mentor?

You can help someone change their life! We are all busy, and usually feeling over-loaded. Commitments at work and at home threaten to drown us – there’s never enough time. And now I am being asked to volunteer as a mentor! Are you mad? And anyway, I’m not sure I’m a good role model, and…

Applying the learning back home

In many mentoring programmes people are paired up from different organisations or from distant parts of the same organisation, and therefore face some potential hurdles for the mentee in applying learning from the mentoring relationship back home in the mentee’s job situation. Does your mentor really understand the issue? Where both the mentor and mentee…

Building a Career – What helps women and what doesn’t

2011 research by the global consultancy Accenture[1] conducted in 29 countries among 3 400 executives revealed some interesting information. Although the main findings of the study were around high levels of dissatisfaction with current jobs, a more detailed look at the study reveals what women thought had made a difference in their careers. The most…