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In the early 2000s, the emergence of Mentors became a new source of development for hi-potential employees. Organisations developed and ran structured mentoring programs and mentoring circles. Encouraging employees at all levels of the organisation to sign up for a mentor.

Often the question was asked what is mentoring? What were the rules of engagement and what were the requirements of a mentor? Good HR teams put together detailed presentations and ran workshops. However, the basic principle is that the mentor provides a source of wisdom and support to the mentee and guides their development and growth. …

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Another word for needs might be benefits, but I think it is interesting to ask the question: What do I need to have job satisfaction? We all have different needs that give us energy and passion to motivate us at work. The question is can we articulate them.

Tangible and intangible benefits can be described as the benefits that make up the culture of your organisation. I describe the culture of an organisation as the invisible glue that binds a company together. …

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Roy E Disney

How do our Core Values influence our Decision-Making process?

Can you articulate what your top three core values are? If you were pushed could you describe what a personal value is and why they are so important?

Put simply values help you decide what’s important in your life and the standards you want to live your life by.

Personally, I don’t believe we give enough thought to what our values are and how they influence our thinking. For me, values are our internal compass that steers our decision-making process in life including work, home and relationships.

It is more than…

I was recently working with a HR Manager who wanted to improve her work-life balance by spending less time procrastinating about tasks that she had to do, working more effectively, except everything does not need to be perfect and therefore reducing the need to work evenings and weekends.

Through coaching we established a number of different options that could support her behavioral change, one was to ask a team member to become an accountability partner.

Initially, this was met with resistance as she did not want to ‘show’ her weakness to another team member and the word ‘scary’ was used…

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I was recently coaching a HR Director who was feeling very drained and burnt out from her role and the current demands being made on her.

As we worked through some options for her the need to empty her head of all the swirling jumbled thoughts came up for discussion. I spoke about one of my favorite tools which is journaling every morning in free flow, writing three pages when first waking up. My coachee said that she had tried journaling before and found the discipline of this hard to do.


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Is Walking Coaching for you? And what is it?

I had my first experience of walking coaching when I was studying for my MSc in Henley Business School. Situation on the river Thames, the location is beautiful and lends itself to being the right environment for learning while walking.

However, I have found that any space that is in nature can provide us with the most amazing space to generate deep thinking, resulting in a faster shift in mindset and develop ‘Aha moments’

There is something very powerful about walking in a collaborative partnership. Removing the constraints of our office…

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Sunset at 28 November 2018 Khao Lak Beach, Thailand

I casually said to a client last week, ‘you have a lot going on for you at the moment — and you need to be kind to yourself’, and he asked me - what did that mean? Since then, I have been thinking a lot about that question and wondering what is the definition for me and how would I describe what I do -to be kind to myself.

I believe this is different from building resilience, although it is a foundation stone of resilience. …

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How do you start a new Habit? How do you improve on a current habit? How do maintain a new habit?

All great questions that I answered while talking to Rob O'Donohue and the Tuesday Night Book Club #TNBK

If you change your habits, you can change your life!

The science for a behavioral change according to James Clear in creating a good habit is

1 — Make it obvious of when you will do it — I will — (insert behavior) — at this time — in this place.

It has been proven that if you create an implantation…

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The Circle of Control for Career Success….

It is a very difficult time for us all at the moment, I personally feel as if we are all being held to ransom by something that we cannot see, hear or feel with Covid-19 virus. It can be difficult not to feel overwhelmed or start to worry, about how this will impact our careers.

Steve Covey in his book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, talks about the concept of Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence. …

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Continuous Learning for Career Success….

As companies start to reopen after the Country Lockdown caused by Clovid-19 there is one guarantee — that the way we worked before is not the way we will be working in the future. However, do you know what will your job will look like in 5 year’s time, 10 years' time? What will your organisation look like, will your industry still exist?

We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know that we live in changing, turbulent times. …

Susan Manning

Leadership Consultant and Clarity Coach — Providing essential CLARITY for greater effectiveness in a chaotic world.

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