Why mentoring is important

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost Many of us were fortunate enough to have mentors as we grew into our leadership roles.  Now it’s our turn to pay forward. The mentor/mentee relationship must spring out of genuine respect and empathy because it’s quite a personal one which thrives on honest…

Why Innovation is Important for Your Leadership Style

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss.’ In essence, it refers to the concept that a stagnant position quickly becomes useless, unable to move forward when the environment dictates. And in the arena of business, forward progress is key. When faced with change, the past place a leader wants to seek…

Why Caring for your Female Workers is Good Business

The Shriver Report and in particular an essay by Maria Shriver named Powerful and Powerless, addresses this issue in detail in the context of the US workforce, and identifies issues that are relevant all over the world. In the US, 70% of low wage employees do not receive any sick leave, as is common in a casualised workforce,…

What would you do differently?

When I reflect on my childhood and what I wanted to be when I grew up – it was a “Teacher”. I had this passion for helping others grow and learn. When I actually told my teachers at school; that I wanted to be like them; they said Don’t do it! When you are little,…

What really motivates your team? It’s not what you think it is

If we are motivated by rewards and incentives, why aren’t we more successful? That’s a great question and it’s one which Dan Pink addressed in a TEDTalk a few years ago.  The problem is that it’s still the same question that business leaders are asking right now.  Nothing has changed. Science has proven that incentives don’t work. …

What Makes These Women So Inspiring?

You don’t have to look very far to come across inspirational female leaders – they can be identified in almost every industry. These ground-breaking women are leading the way and creating change, although it wasn’t always this way. Let’s look at some inspiring women who dared to challenge with great passion and enthusiasm. Eleanor Roosevelt…