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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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