Being mentored - why we practise what we preach
Stella and I have been mentored over the last 12 months and it has been invaluable!
We don’t mind sharing with you that our financial management skills are not as strong as they could be! So Chris Gardener at Strategic Mentors has worked with us on a monthly basis to develop that area with us, as our business grows.
Apart from helping us achieve some very tangible outcomes in strengthening our processes and therefore our decision making, the mentoring relationship has been a great reminder of why it is such a powerful development tool...
• having an external sounding board
• having someone ask the (sometimes obvious) questions you don’t ask yourselves
• being challenged
• being given the confidence to do things differently
• having time and space to think
The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...