Tag 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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International Women’s Day

I’m rarely lost for words, but today may be an exception. I am, of course, in favour of equality. And social justice. And fairness. And, for that matter, organic vegetables. My hesitation is not in the importance of this story, … Continue reading

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The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women: Proud Mentorship

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women supports women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets so they can invest in their families and communities. A few years ago i helped create the Foundations learning materials and, since then, have remained as … Continue reading

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Mentoring: a matter of Hope and Trust

I thought I’d got off at the wrong floor at first: the buzz of conversation was loud, even from the lift lobby. I was priding myself at having arrived early for the Mentoring event, thinking I’d have time to catch … 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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Reflections on mentoring: starting the relationship.

I’m starting a new mentoring relationship this week, providing support someone i’ve never met before through a global mentoring scheme. It puts people in the UK and US in touch with people in various developing countries to establish mentoring relationships. … Continue reading

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Personal Disclosure in learning. How empathy and experience can shape a very different form of storytelling.

Personal disclosure is often part of storytelling. It’s a way of opening up conversations, of building a bond, of setting a context for what’s being discussed. In informal coaching or mentoring situations, disclosure can be used to help individuals to … Continue reading

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