Career Coaching and Mentoring Articles

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

5 Ways Not to Take Work Stress Home with You

In my work as an Executive Mentor I have helped a number of senior clients over the years who confront this ‘pain point’ in their Life/Work Effectiveness – they would continue working when they got home, abuse ‘smart’ devices, work mentally over the evenings and weekends and check emails constantly, keeping them in a state … More

The Leader’s Work-Life Balance Matters as Much as Your Own

What leaders say is far less important than what they do. That’s one of the clearest conclusions I drew from a recent study focused on how they experience their lives at work in a global, Australian-based IT firm. Companies seeking more sustainable high performance from their employees need to meet four of their core needs: … More

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you … More

The Need for Goal Setting for the Senior Executive/Manager

Over the last few days in late August, I had 2 very energetic and relevant discussions with two senior Managers from – oddly – the same Institution. One is a client of my firm, whilst the other a potential client. They share one thing in common – where they want to be in 3-5 years’ … More

7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

Ever tried to change anyone’s behaviour at work? It can be extremely frustrating. So often the effort produces an opposite result: rupturing the relationship, diminishing job performance or causing the person to dig in their heels. Still, some approaches clearly work better than others.

7 Ways to Improve Talent Management and Retention Programs

Making the right investments in learning and development programs have never been more important – or more of a challenge – for business leaders. Unfortunately, despite spending billions of dollars globally on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to improve and enhance their effectiveness. As research shows, the need to revamp … More

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