Are you mentoring or rescuing?

leadership mentoring Jul 28, 2020

A very well-meaning leader wanted some advice this week on how to advise an excellent young employee that the way she dressed and responded to situations was potentially holding her back. 

This leader cared a lot and wanted so much to be able to help this young woman to see her potential.  

He was struggling with the right words to say to her to address this very personal issue.

My suggestion was to try a completely different tack. What if you let her work out what she wants to do and how she is going to get there?  Ultimately she needs to work this out herself; this is her lesson to learn.  You can’t 'fix' this situation. 

We often end up 'rescuing' people because we can see their potential or we can see a way to correct a situation.  In those moments we are not mentoring people, we are not empowering them, we are 'saving' them from themselves.  Which means, and it’s hard to hear, that we are acting as though we are superior to...

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What is a virtual offsite?

leadership Apr 14, 2020

2020! What a year it has been! 

The worst drought in history, a tragic bushfire season that wrought havoc and pain across the nation and then we go into lockdown because of COVID-19! And it’s only April. 

For many people, their worlds have been turned upside down and there is this weird feeling of grief for what was, possibly incomes and opportunities lost, stress and fear about the virus (the invisible enemy) and what our world will look like in a few months time, and maybe even some relief and joy in the ability to slow down for a period of time. 

And still, the show must go on.  

If you are fortunate enough to have a team that is still able to work at this time, chances are you are either working from home or you might be in the front line dealing with high levels of stress on a daily basis. 

If your team has had to be stood down, you will still need to check in with your people on a regular basis to ensure that they are going okay and to...

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