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[…]

Attract Millennials with Flexibility and International Assignments

By Natanya Rutstein Experts predict that by 2020, millennials will make up 35% of the global workforce. Organisations are increasingly feeling the pressure to understand what motivates this generation of employees and the strategies they can employ to attract, engage and retain millennial talent. According to a 2017 Deloitte Survey, millennials regard flexibility as having[…]

How can Chatbots help to Create Great Learning Experiences?

By Natanya Rutstein When thinking of chatbots, the most obvious examples that pop into my head are Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.  But I am only now beginning to appreciate the full extent of their presence in our everyday lives, as well as their infinite capability to facilitate both social and organisational learning. A chatbot[…]

Building a Flexible Workplace Culture

By Natanya Rutstein Flexibility in the workplace is an essential ingredient for an environment where employee work-life balance can flourish. It is also utilised as a key differentiator by organisations in their quest to entice and retain top talent. A 2018 Deloitte survey found that millennials are more likely to remain in their jobs for[…]