A quick glance at what has happened to women in the last year during the global pandemic. Some of this impact is as a result of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. However, the continued systemic inequalities which still persist in our society and working environments are still very relevant.
For many people, remote working is not a new phenomenon. In the 1980’s remote working began to be actively encouraged and the term “telecommuting” coined as a drive to minimise traffic congestion and pollution in some of the most densely populated US states. More recently, the possibility of flexible and remote working has been used as a tool to attract and retain employees. Now in 2021, with remote working established as the norm for so many of us, both the need and demand for Virtual Team Development is accelerating dramatically!
After a successful first cohort on the Postgraduate Certificate for Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Organisations in 2019, Save the Children has launched another cohort for their Senior Leadership Team. In addition to building up the senior humanitarian leadership behaviours, Save the Children hopes to build up a pool of humanitarian coaches and mentors who are able to:
- Strengthen national/local leadership through coaching and/or mentoring
- Increase the effectiveness of knowledge transfer in an emergency response through a mentoring coaching hybrid approach
- Create a ‘coaching culture’ in order to grow and nurture talent in order to deliver key results, strengthen leadership capacities, increase retention and deepen engagement
Some time ago I was delivering a mentoring workshop for some senior managers in a very large financial services business. The training manager was taking part and at the first coffee break he came up to me and said “They say it’s going well, but it’s a bit slow!”. “Thank you for the feedback” I said and when we restarted the workshop, I mentioned “I have had some welcome feedback from your training manager. He tells me that it is going well, but it’s a bit slow!” “Yes, yes” said the managers. “Ok” I replied, “That’s good, but I don’t think it’s slow enough!” Continue reading
We are now hurtling towards Spring, the earth is telling us so, the weather, the flowers, the mornings are easier. The yoga classes have settled down to their more normal levels from the January upsurge. At the end of one of the early morning yoga classes last week, one of the students said, ‘I have to run, I am chasing an overseas client, the competition has quoted for the work I am hoping for.’ Continue reading
Have you recently gained a promotion at work? Or are you striving to take the next step in your career? Whatever it may be, making the transition into a leadership role is definitely a great achievement. It’s one you should be excited about.
But, that’s not to say that it doesn’t come with it’s challenges. After all, your previous colleagues may now be your subordinates and your workload may well have tripled. As such, it’s important to manage the move effectively, so you don’t fall at the first hurdle.
To help you out, we’ve pulled together some top tips on how to make a smooth transition into a leadership role. Continue reading
Are your traditional routes to goal achievement working? Our guest blogger Susie Dennis explores different routes to developing new goals.
It’s January, my inbox is full of ‘Goal setting’, ‘Intention setting’, ‘Starting 2019 with some sort of lofty resolution’. 2019: make a list of 19 goals. Join us on a 40km or 80km challenge. Linking to Apps with no direct social interaction. I am exhausted looking at it!
We write our lists, set goals, but how do we go about achieving them? There are no added pages for strategy. The rules are not given for how to ‘overcome’ all the excuses. No guidelines for the small steps in between Zero to Hero. Is the “hero’ a list of ‘stuff’, new car, job, place to live, holiday? Is it a list of learning? Courses to attend, interests to take up. Is it is a ‘health list’, loose weight, eat healthy, more exercise, I ‘should’ start: running, yoga, meditation?
Into the fourth day and already the focus has shifted, I can’t start my diet — there is too much cheese to eat up, can’t waste it. It is too cold to start running. The New Year sales are too good, preventing control of finances. Inbox at work is too full, meetings to attend. Only a couple of days until the kids go back to school, wanting to spend time with them.
How can I cope? Is there a better way? Continue reading
In the last two decades, many employers have shown enthusiastic commitment to gender diversity. Women have made enormous strides in being able to compete on the same playing field as men at work. This is where initiatives such as mentoring and sponsor programmes have been really successful in helping erode this gender imbalance and create more gender equity. Gender equity means fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs. All the research strongly confirms this as being an important factor in developing more women leaders. So let us consider:
- What are the outcomes from introducing mentoring for women into your organisation?
- The outcomes of mentoring which support gender equity for women.
- And what is different about female talent mentoring today?
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