Why leading change just keeps getting more complicated

There are thousands of studies and books on managing change or leading change. The former tend to focus on ways to work with and overcome people’s resistance; the latter on creating a vision that people can sign up to and engage with. Of course, both these perspectives are important and indeed implementing change usually requires…

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Distraction: the destroyer of discipline in team development

Here’s a scenario that is all too familiar in the life of a facilitator working with a team. So, you have been asked to facilitate a team program for a team that wants to become a high performing team, or, they just want to perform better. You can safely assume that there is something lacking…

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Is job sharing going backwards?

In 2009, we conducted research into the success secrets of 20 women who shared jobs. Five years later, we would have hoped that more people and organisations would be utilising job sharing as an effective flexible work strategy. Sadly, recent ABS figures reveal a declining trend in the number of businesses offering job sharing as…

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The Business Case for Mentoring

Many organisations and individuals today know that the business and economic benefits of a well-structured mentoring program can be significant. They understand that mentoring delivers way beyond a “feel good” factor. This article explores the sound economic reasons to embark on a mentoring program. Want to know what a well-structured mentoring program looks like? Click…

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Reverse Mentoring

Also known as “upward mentoring”, reverse mentoring turns the traditional hierarchical approach to mentoring on its head. Rather than having a senior player take a less experienced player “under their wing”, reverse mentoring relationships place the more senior person as the primary learner and emphasise the experience of the junior person. The objective of reverse…

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Retaining Staff Through Mentoring

We know that retaining good staff is critical to company success. Keeping good people saves us the time and money needed to train or retrain new people. It keeps productivity levels humming. Perhaps most important it retains the credibility of our organisations, keeping customers and other key stakeholders confident in our ability to deliver. We…

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Mentoring What’s In It For Me?

We are often asked about the advantages of mentoring to the various stakeholders involved. Whether you’re a mentee, mentor or a line manager, there’s something in it for you. Mentoring programs do not just benefit the mentees. Mentors find tremendous learning and development opportunities of their own. It is important that the mentee’s line manager is…

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