Profile of a 21st Century Collaborative Employee

By Natanya Rutstein Working in collaboration with others is a highly productive way of realising a successful outcome, solving a complex problem or creating a superior end-product. The value of organised workplace collaboration is widely recognised across industries and is used both formally and informally often incorporating   a range of innovative and technologically advanced collaboration[…]

KNOW YOUR CORPORATE BUZZ

By Nomali Sibeko We achieve our work objectives through a blend of formal and informal networks in the organisation. Natural interaction allows for informal networks and structures to flourish, strive and flow on their own, making goal achievement easier.  The informal organisation fills the gaps in the formal organisation by creating and facilitating points of[…]

The Power of Mindfulness at Work

By Natanya Rutstein A recent article in the New York Times, “The Latest in Military Strategy: Mindfulness” reports on how mindfulness techniques are is being rolled out in the US military, British Royal Navy and New Zealand Defence Force as a means of helping soldiers to increase their focus and reduce distraction. This approach is[…]

Finding Your Zen Through Mentoring

By Natanya Rutstein Acquiring contemporary insights and fresh perspective from your mentee coupled with gaining satisfaction from sharing your hard-earned knowledge and expertise with them are just some of the more obvious and commonly discussed advantages of being a mentor. However, new research shows that being a mentor may have the potential to reduce your[…]

What Kind of a Mentee are You?

By Natanya Rutstein While so much attention appears to be focused on the behaviours and attributes of a successful mentor, by comparison successful mentee behaviours are often neglected. I recently came across an interesting  article in The Journal of the American Medical Association titled Mentee Missteps: Tales from the Academic Trenches which examines six potential[…]

Navigating the Pitfalls of a Formal Mentoring Programme

By Natanya Rutstein Having a successful mentorship programme is one of the most powerful ways to attract and retain much needed talent within your organisation. By including mentoring in your people development strategy, the message you are communicating to your employees is – “We value both your personal and professional development and are committed to[…]

5 Attributes of a Successful Mentor

By Natanya Rutstein Today’s blog is the first in a series on mentorship in which I hope to delve into some of the fundamental components impacting on the mentoring relationship. Without realising it my 12-year old son recently signed-up for an onboarding mentorship programme at school. He is what is known as a “Care Bear”[…]

Can authentic leaders tell the truth?

By Natanya Rutstein We live in a world where reality is increasingly being created and to a certain degree warped, through the scripting and filtering of our lives. In some way or another so many of us paint a picture of our lives through social media that reflect the best possible “version of ourselves”. From[…]

Optimising mentorship programmes

By Dr Lydia Cillié-Schmidt The results of  research published in 2017 by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) captured in a report called “Mentoring Matters: Developing Talent With Formal Mentoring Programs” show that organisations that train mentors and mentees before or during the programme are significantly more likely to indicate that mentoring programmes are highly[…]