Career Coaching and Mentoring Articles

Topics about how a career coach and mentor can help you successfully manage your career – with the right plan.

Why are Australian Companies not investing in their People?

One of the most compelling experiences we are confronted with as members of an Executive and Business Mentoring firm is that companies, generally speaking do not see the need to invest in the leadership and professional development of their people. Why you may ask?

Are You Controlled by Smartphones?

Why can’t some people remember when we last spoke to a client? Why, over the course of 30 minutes, does a senior executive trade 22 emails to organize a simple lunch meeting, only to be cancelled on last-minute? Why does a banker waste the entire day on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?

Four Tips for Building Accountability

“Accountability” is a favourite word to invoke when the lack of it has become so apparent — such as with the global financial crisis early this century. It is also a loaded word and political football in major sectors crying out for reform, such as health care and public education.

4 Things You – The Client – Should expect from Your Mentor

If you’re about to engage a new mentor and want to be sure it will pay dividends before you invest time and money in the relationship, there is a simple way to gauge how effective they will be. Over the past years, as an Executive and Business Mentor, I’ve noticed four things that separate the … More

What can Mature Age Managers do when they’re Sidelined in the Workplace?

Things are getting tougher for mature age employees, even those in management roles. Many of us enjoy our work and don’t want to retire, or we simply don’t want to survive on the lifestyle our meagre pensions and super payouts will give us.

4 Tips to Ensure Your Emails Give the Right Impression

President Lincoln often wrote scathing letters to his generals, frustrated by their inability to bring the war to a close. Angry they had missed golden opportunities such as finishing off the retreating confederate army, who were trapped by rising waters at the Potomac river after the battle of Gettysburg.

8 Ways to Focus on Career Planning that Works in an Unpredictable World

I stated in a recent presentation ‘Career – Stuck in a Rut?’, that in an unpredictable world, traditional career planning is a waste of time. It’s close to impossible to pinpoint exactly where you’ll be in five years and work backwards.

Your boss tells you to get a Coach or Mentor – What do you do?

How does it feel when you’re told that you need a mentor, whether it’s your boss or someone else? For many managers it feels like a kick in the gut, a clear sign that you’re doing something wrong and your job might be in trouble. For others, who might be resistant to mentoring in general, … More

Can technologically challenged Leaders continue to be effective in the Digital Era?

There’s a lot of discussion in the public arena about leadership in what’s being termed the ‘Cognitive Era’ where technological innovation continues to accelerate and impact the way people work and the tools they use to achieve tasks. The question being asked is: can a technologically challenged leader continue to be effective in this era … More

A Coach or Mentor can really give you the Edge

It can be tough and lonely at the top, so it pays to have an experienced person to point the way When Peter James moved from London to Australia, he was surprised at the huge difference between the business environments in the two countries.