I talked about mentoring and coaching recently and for many of us, when you think of influential people from the world of business, Richard Branson is a name that’s likely to feature pretty high up on your list.
He has talked many times about mentoring and recently quoted at an event hosted by Purple Cubed, ‘I am often asked what the link between a promising business person and a successful business person is, and mentoring always comes to mind. Giving people advice on how to achieve their goals is often overlooked in British businesses.’
The lesson here is really quite clear. Though formal training and development programs will always have an important role in any business, it’s time to start paying serious attention to the alternative options that could give your staff the capacity to shine.
A huge difference can be made by creating and implementing learning and development programs that will give staff members at all levels a chance to shine. They could work alongside skilled and understanding managers who are trained in coaching techniques, or work with qualified coaches or internal mentors who can help them overcome their barriers to success, look at challenges in a different light, and help your employees step into their full potential.
So perhaps it’s not actually that fancy e-learning platform that you really need. Or maybe that expensive training course that you’ve had in mind wouldn’t get you the very best return on your investment. It could be the case that you could reap the biggest rewards by going back to basics and enabling great conversations between your employee and their manager or internal mentor about how they can reach their full potential and career goals.
Are you ready to take the advice of Richard Branson, and try a different approach to the ongoing development of your staff? If your managers can become mentors or coaches of their teams, they will definitely see a huge change in their teams’ performance. We’ve got some great case studies from our clients where mentoring and coaching has taken their management skills and teams performance to the next level.
In our ‘Highly Effective Manager’ program which starts in January in London, we cover a whole module on coaching. If your managers understand not only the benefits of coaching but how to coach effectively themselves, you are well on your way to having happy, motivated people and in turn this creates trust and loyalty.
The benefits are endless.
So why not book a virtual cuppa with me and we can have a chat over a cuppa about how your managers can be part of this amazing program. Book your call here.
More details about the ‘Highly Effective Manager’ program here
PS – Have you connected with us on LinkedIn? If not, be great to see you on there too, for ease here’s the link to my page. Emma Browning LinkedIn – happy connecting!