A common question we get asked in our Mentoring Matters and Career Conversations Workshops is “How do I provide insight without direction? I want to help.  I know they're coming to me for advice.  But I don't want to tell them what to do?” And quite right too. This Huffington Post article...

Are you looking for career development questions to ask employees and develop your best people?  If so, you're not alone.  The most frequently asked questions in our Confident Career Conversations Workshops relate to tools.  Questions like: “What effective tools could I use in my career conversations?” “Are there any particular tools you...

CCS (or Career Counselling Services to give them their full title) is the organisation I did my career coach training with many, many, years ago.  Twice a year alumni who have trained with CCS come together to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences as part of our continuous professional development. We were...

Quotes are a great way of summing up learning and experience in a way that inspires others. And the inspiration of others is a key role that mentors play. Here are some of my favourite quotes about positive mentoring.  And if you are a mentor, I hope these quotes will inspire you...

Let's face it good executive coaching is not cheap. But it can be invaluable. Investing a few hours and a few thousand pounds can deliver significant increases in productivity and returns of hundreds of thousands of pounds.  As long as the leader in question takes full advantage of the opportunity and makes the...

According to the CIPD’s 2014 ‘Employee Outlook Survey’ 22% of employees are looking for a new job. That’s almost a quarter of the workforce.  According to the same survey, “a lack of opportunity” was the main reason people gave as to why they had left their jobs over the past...

Are you interested in introducing Mentoring as part of your Talent Development Strategy?  Would you like to learn the best practices in mentoring and discover the tools and strategies that can make it a success? If the answer is yes, you may like to join me at the 2015 International Mentoring...

In my experience of developing leaders, one of the "Top 10 Questions to Answer in Mentor Training" is "What am I missing?  Are there any mentoring tips or ‘tricks of the trade’?" That's a difficult question to answer. If you don't know what you don't know, how am I supposed to know...

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