Mentoring

Rethinking Careers Support for Young People

Anand Shukla | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anand Shukla

At first glance, the importance placed by all of the main parties on supporting apprenticeships, vocational training, careers advice and widening participation build on the commitments in the 2010 manifestos and are to be welcomed. We must though learn the lessons of the last five years, where the actual record is more mixed.

Vision - It's a Beacon Pointing the Way Forward

Perween Warsi | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Perween Warsi

A woman may have the same qualifications or experience as a man, but won't project herself as forcefully. I was talking with an American friend about this recently and his view was that if you can't sell yourself successfully, how can you sell an idea?

Real Leadership

David C. M. Carter | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
David C. M. Carter

Working as a CEO mentor for over 18 years now, I have had the privilege of working with a number of truly inspirational 'greats'. The two traits that they all have though, are gravitas and charisma. They know their stuff and they emit an aura - even the shy ones.

Seven Lessons in Mentorship

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

There are no magic solutions when it comes to thriving in the face of doubt and difficulty, but building on a mentor's wisdom and experience can be a great place to start.

Strong Jules in Heels

Julie Meyer | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Julie Meyer

My amazing friends who are also my shareholders at Ariadne Capital and the Limited Partners in our venture capital fund, and I pioneered the 'Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs' model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe in 2000.

You've Got All That Lived Experience - But Have You Ever Thought of Doing This?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Liberty Forrest

The Toyota Landcruiser bounced along the potholed back road in Uganda, its occupants hoping for safe passage to their destination. That seemed questio...

The Power of Crowd Learning and Development Strategists: The Heroes and Heroines who Strive to Make Vital Information, Training, Mentoring and Networking Accessible to All

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Martina Keens-Betts

I firmly believe the Alzheimer's Society is a 'learning organisation' at its best. Their model fully integrates and supports its staff, volunteers, sufferers and their families. And the Press Office's skill, hard work and mentoring of volunteers has led to triumph after triumph in the improvement of the lives of sufferers and families.

The Divine Feminine

Jo Haigh | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Jo Haigh

I have no particular religious inclination but I, like Dan Brown, have always recognised that if females are anything at all they are almost all quite divine and no more so than in the workplace...

What You Must, Do it Best!

Shumon Sengupta | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shumon Sengupta

I grew up in the beautiful south Indian State of Kerala. My school was in the picturesque Katari Bagh area in Cochin (now known as Kochi), in the precincts of the sprawling Southern headquarters of the Indian Navy, by the back waters of the Arabian Sea.

What My Mentors Taught Me

Frances Dickens | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frances Dickens

The bottom line is that you've got to be tough if you're leading a company -people's livelihoods and careers depend on you making cool, calm decisions. Christine and Annie are both very calm under pressure. Come to think of it I've met way more panicky blokes at the top than panicky women.

Can Your Business Failure Be Another's Success?

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

According to the Small Business Federation, businesses that seek support are 70% more likely to survive beyond the first 5 years. It's not rocket science - like everything in life, you're more likely to succeed with input from those who've done it before. Entire business sectors have grown based on that premise...

Why You Need a Mentor In Business

Reuben Singh | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

Every person who has ever built a successful business has had a mentor - usually more than one at different stages of the company's growth. They might not have called these people mentors or viewed them as such; they might just have thought of them as a friend.

Is the Key to Business Success Tough Love From Other Entrepreneurs?

Michelle Wright | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

So whilst a good mentor or coach might be essential to help you achieve success as an entrepreneur - let's not forget that breakthroughs might also come from actively seeking feedback from other business owners. After all, none of us has time to chase rainbows...

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors - Here's Why

Jan Flawn | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Jan Flawn

I first became passionate about mentoring when I worked as a nurse in the NHS. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of helping people develop their skills by sharing experiences and knowledge...

Is Toxic Culture Syndrome Stagnating Social Mobility?

Emily Perry | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Emily Perry

Employers don't just give people a job, they give them the chance to change their life. This is a huge responsibility, just like balancing the books, turning over a profit and succeeding. It's time we recognised this and all did our bit to ensure we don't let the water become toxic.

Thrive - This Message Is Long Overdue

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

This message is not just for those who work in the high-powered high-octane world. The message of unplugging and reconnecting to our hearts, being quiet enough to hear our inner wisdom is for everyone, whatever your lifestyle or situation.

Nine Ways to Grow Your Business and Enjoy the Journey

Maite Baron | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

If you're ambitious for your business, you won't want to hang about. So here are nine growth strategies to help you get the most from your time and effort as a business owner or as an entrepreneur.

What Makes a Good Mentor?

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

Many years ago I was given a tip from a fellow entrepreneur. He said one of the best ways to combat stress and feelings of isolation as a business owner is to find someone who needs your help and support, and offer it out to them. Good old fashioned mentoring!

Keeping Mum: Why Young People Shouldn't Always Listen To Their Parents' Careers Advice

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

Parents are probably even less in tune with the vicissitudes of the current jobs market than they are with the dubstep scene... currently only 7,500 students take computer science degrees a year, meaning that many of the 20,000 graduate vacancies in the software industry alone remain unfilled each year.

Real-life Entrepreneurs Needed for Urgent Mentoring

Michelle Wright | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

Let's make sure that those wanting to take up the challenge of running a business, have the very best in support from 'real-life' entrepreneurs to make sure that they can be successful, and that our successful entrepreneurs are encouraged to spend the time to make this a reality.

Moo Founder Shares Recipe for Growth

Glyn Britton | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech
Glyn Britton

Entrepreneurs and advisers including Moo.com's Richard Moross share advice on securing investment, attracting a company's first 100 customers and knowing when to give up the day job with some of Hackney's most promising start-ups at the latest Start-up Kitchen.

Mentor Advice Helps the Innovative Business Survive

Brendan Flattery | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

In today's complex entrepreneurial business environment, mentoring can be more important than ever and make the difference between success and failure. Around the world, business confidence is returning and as trading conditions improve, high growth is the target.

It's a Man's World - Mentoring In Qargha

Kate Lord | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Kate Lord

A year ago I was offered a chance to deploy to Afghanistan as a mentor at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy located in Qargha, out to the west of the capital city of Kabul. My job here is to mentor the Afghan female PTIs who will deliver the physical training syllabus to the female officer cadets...

Do Aspiring Women Need Special Treatment?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

We haven't got it quite right yet. I still hear many women talking about the need to find balance between high-powered jobs and the other aspects of their lives. Women still need a hand because in some industries, it's like going back to the Ark.

Bridging the Divide Between School and the Workplace

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

During a recent speech to manufacturing industry executives, Business Secretary Vince Cable cited teachers' lack of workplace knowledge as the 'underlying problem' in careers advice and guidance. According to Cable, teachers - predominantly graduates themselves - "know about UCAS forms - but... know absolutely nothing about the world of work."