As the new year dawns, commit to a new habit of regular, deep, juicy rest

For many of us throughout the year, we tend to overcommit our time and energy beyond our capacity. We end up pushing ourselves through to the finish line – the glorious holiday period at the end of the year or into January, for the chance to take time out to indulge in some well-earned rest…

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Make rest and renewal a priority goal for 2018

Hello 2018…and here we go again! It is time for your social media feed to be inundated with inspirational quotes encouraging you to set yourself up for 2018 for an epic and awesome year! You will be inspired to create a list of new year’s resolutions and to start establishing your strategic plan and defining…

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Are you paying a high price for cheating rest and renewal?

  Let’s face it.  We have all been there at some stage in our lives, experiencing heightened states of awareness, anticipation stress and pressure.  The struggle to find time to rest and recharge is real. You feel like you are perpetually wired… and tired and it seems like you are sleepwalking your way through each…

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When it is time to spread your wings – 7 tips for closing your mentoring relationship

As the saying goes… ‘All good things must come to an end’ The closure phase of a mentoring relationship needs just as much attention and careful planning as the beginning of the mentoring relationship. The closure phase is an opportunity for both parties to reflect on progress, accomplishments, and lessons learned, regardless of whether you…

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Reflect and perfect – A glance into the past to improve the future.

What can you learn from reflecting? Perfecting!  “We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey. Most of us want to do things right and we do! However, at times things simply do not go to plan for a variety of reasons. Don’t I know it! By looking back…

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“And the Oscar goes to…” – Enhancing mentoring conversations with role-plays and scenarios

Have you ever thought about using  role-playing and scenarios as a learning mechanism in your mentoring conversations? Did you know that these learning methods are a fantastic way to quickly teach relationship and behaviour skills, processes and procedures, judgement and decision making just to name a few? Role-playing and scenarios are a very powerful learning mechanism. Regardless…

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Beyond S.M.A.R.T goals – How to take your mentee’s goals to the next level

Establishing goals is fundamental to the success of a mentoring relationship. However, setting goals that are SMART—specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and timely, is just the start of the journey to goal achievement. Success lies in the active participation of both the mentor and the mentee requiring ongoing focus, commitment, review and adjustment. Try these 6…

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Discover mindful creativity

Mindfulness is about being present in the moment. Now this is incredibly important when engaging in creative thinking. With present moment awareness, we are better able to regulate our attention and emotion, be aware of our physical and mental self, and have an increased ability to consider and explore alternative perspectives. Mindfulness is not only…

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4 ways to build creative confidence

Whether you realise or not, you spend a considerable about of time exercising your creative ‘muscle’ regardless of what type of job role you are in, your workplace or your area of focus.  When typical problems cannot be solved using a standard formula or set of actions to determine a way forward, then a different…

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7 Time management tips for mentors

  The single biggest factor contributing to a mentoring relationship breakdown is the failure of mentors to dedicate sufficient time to interact with their mentees. More often than not, when there is a time crunch, the first meeting cancelled is the one with the mentee. Do you find that you fall into a similar habit…

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