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...

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...

People are unpredictable. When you're entering a new relationship, you're entering the unknown. It's no wonder that when managers embark on mentoring, they're keen to amass key mentoring tools and techniques that might help them. And the reality is there are many mentoring tools and techniques. In their excellent book, "Techniques for...

As I said in my blog post, Top Ten Questions to Answer in Mentor Training, the number one question the mentors I train want the answer to is, "What does good mentoring look like? How will I know if I'm doing a good job?" There are plenty of articles on the Internet that...

Mentor Training | My Top 10 Questions When HR and L&D professionals hire me to train their mentors, one of their concerns is often that the mentors who are attending are senior people and are likely to have had a fair bit of experience of mentoring themselves. Their concerns are usually unfounded. In my experience,...

In my last post I gave you several pieces of evidence that make the case for mentoring within organisations. I included research, data and statistics that you can use to present a rational, logical case. But we're talking about people here.  And people aren't always rational and logical. To engage people with the...

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