Category Archives: Mentoring

Take Pause

I am used to surprises: on a recent call the woman who i am mentoring described how, over the weekend, her country’s currency had halved in value against the dollar. Local shops had sold out of tobacco and bread. Things … Continue reading

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Becoming a Social Leader: organisational strategies for engaging and retaining talent

To face the challenges of the Social Age, a time when change is constant and innovation and creativity key for survival, organisations need social leadership. Social leaders will enable them to develop and maintain their agility, their ability to respond … Continue reading

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Authority: the changing nature of authority in social learning

I need to get the clutch fixed on Herman, my 1964 Land Rover. If i was in any way competent, it probably wouldn’t be a huge job, but my level of mechanical ability stops somewhere after changing a tyre or, … Continue reading

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Environment and learning culture: The view from the top

Yesterday i was in the Gherkin in London, the iconic Norman Foster building in central London. It’s a great building, irreverent and friendly, unlike it’s taller and newer neighbour, the Shard, which is simply aggressive. The client i was visiting … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Diary – Day 3: Our community popup learning story

Yesterday i ran my first ever community popup learning session from Amsterdam, exploring ‘learning culture’, based around these two questions: Question 1: Is learning culture created by the organisation or the learners? Question 2: Do you do most of your … Continue reading

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Virtual Mentoring: crossing borders and boundaries with asynchronous dialogue.

Mentoring is an activity based around relationships. It’s built upon trust and integrity, upon shared understanding and the belief that two heads can build a different perspective than one. It’s an intensely personal relationship, requiring elements of disclosure and trust, … Continue reading

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What’s the line between a mentor and a partner? How much of your role is to facilitate or to co-create?

I’m working with a mentor at the moment who is building their business in the creative sector. They are very much at the startup stage and much of our conversation is around building collateral and strategy. The relationship between mentor … Continue reading

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