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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Are you ready to be coached? – Getting value from your coaching journey

Setting coachees up for success – Part 1 – Preparation Evidence seems to indicate that coaching is an increasingly-used adult development intervention globally and in South Africa. And very often, this intervention is initiated by the person who will be coached (the “client”) rather than by the employer or anyone else. But how well prepared…

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Generational differences in Human Capital Management

It is a commonly held belief that younger generations in the workplace today hold different attitudes from their older colleagues and therefore HR programmes need to be adapted accordingly. From the Baby Boomers to Generation X to Generation Y /the Millenials/the iPod generation, pundits tell us of the differences.  According to Martin and Tulgan [1]…

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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…

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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…

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