Thursday, 31 March 2016

Gmail Announcement Day?

Did you know... 

... that today is Gmail Announcement Day? On this day in 2004, Google announced that it would be introducing a free email service called Gmail, which was officially launched the next day. Trivia fans: When Google issued a press release date-stamped April 1, an awful lot of people briefly took it to be a really good hoax. ;-) 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do." 

-- William Jennings Bryan 

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Today is Jeopardy Day

Did you know... 

... that today is Jeopardy! Day? Jeopardy, an American television game show created by Merv Griffin, features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. In 2013, the program was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide's list of the 60 greatest shows in American television history. Watch your favorite game show today! 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"What I like most about change is that it's a synonym for 'hope.' If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, 'I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it.'" 

-- Linda Ellerbee 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Charlie Chaplin Legion of Honor Day

Did you know... 

... that today is Charlie Chaplin Receives Legion of Honor Day? On this day in 1931, Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, an English comic, silent film actor and filmmaker, received France's Legion of Honor. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain." 

-- Charlie Chaplin 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Did you know...

Did you know... 

... that today is Joseph Barbera's Birthday (1911)? Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera was an American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist. Barbera is best known for his partnership with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera fame, the most successful television animation studio in the business. They produced such classics as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, The Smurfs, Huckleberry Hound and The Jetsons. Enjoy some cartoon watching today! 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"I have a daughter and she's the greatest thing that ever happened to me. She gives me a good excuse to watch cartoons." 

-- Mike Dirnt 

HR Headlines - newsletter

59% recruiters expect new jobs to be created in January-June period: Naukri Hiring Outlook, 2016
Nearly 60 percent of recruiters expect new jobs to be created in the January-June period and IT, manufacturing and retail are likely to become top sectors for job creation, says a survey. According to the Naukri Hiring Outlook, 2016, 40 per cent recruiters said maximum jobs would be created for 1-3 years experience level in the coming months. IT-software industry (16 percent) leads the sectoral analysis with expectation of maximum job creation. Manufacturing and retail come second with an 8 percent growth in expectation of new job creation. "As per the Naukri Hiring Outlook Survey, recruiters are cautiously optimistic about the hiring outlook over the next six months," Naukri.Com Chief Sales Officer Mr. V Suresh said. MR. Suresh further noted that though the forecasts vary by industry and region, recruiters from industries like IT services, retail and even manufacturing are expecting the job market to move north. On increments, the survey said that this year, 33 percent recruiters are expected to give increments in the range of 5-10 percent and 26 per cent are expected to give increments in the range of 10-15 per cent. "As far as increments are concerned, 30 percent recruiters surveyed feel the average increments could be around 15 percent in the current appraisal cycle. Good times ahead for jobseekers," Mr. Suresh said. Meanwhile, 32 percent recruiters feel getting a better offer is the primary reason behind people changing their jobs, followed by salary. Around 13 percent said location is the reason why people change jobs and 12 percent said that job profile is also a reason for job change. Naukri Hiring Outlook is a bi-annual survey which gauges the hiring sentiment across sectors and industries. The survey was conducted with more than 4,000 respondents - a mix of recruiters and consultants
Source : 22-03-16   Compiled by
Leading Indian B-schools, choosing domestic over Global Job Opportunities
This year leading B-schools of India witnessed a rapid decline in global job opportunities. Offers from international enterprises have descended by 25 percent in IIM-Bangalore, 74 percent in IIM-Kozhikode, and about 20 percent in IIM-Calcutta. In addition, XLRI did not receive any international offer this year. Pondering over the situation, B-schools’ placement teams informs that, students are obtaining domestic offers prior to the international offers. And, with India emerging as the brightest spot in the global economy, students are more inclined towards domestic jobs. “India will be the fastest growing major economy driven by investment, consumption and policy factors, which will boost employment,” said Mr. SV Nathan, Senior Director and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India. “Also, U.S. and European firms are expanding their presence here and so the companies are focusing more on hiring in India.” Despite the fact that, BMW and Protiviti provided job opportunities for the first time in the management school, international offers submerged to 15 from approximately 20 last year at IIM-Bangalore. Similarly, at IIM-Kozhikode, international offers were only 4 compared to 15 last year and IIM-Calcutta received 21 in comparison to 26 in 2015. It is also an interesting scenario as both the batches of IIMs in Kozhikode and Kolkata, were already placed domestically by the time a few international offers arrived in the campus.
Source : 21-03-16   Compiled by
P&G India announced six-month leave for employees who adopt kids
The Indian subsidiary of Procter & Gamble, the American multinational consumer goods company, has decided to introduce a new policy which will allow its employees a paid leave of six months when they adopt a child. The initiative is a part of its industry-leading efforts, which has seen it been counted amongst the first few companies in India to grant maternity leave of six months. The new policy makes both male and female employees eligible for this paid leave if they are the primary caregivers. "The intent of launching the Adoption Leave Policy is to lead the way for the industry as we see the adoption trend rising in the near future," said Ms. Sonali RoyChowdhury, HR director at P&G India. "We expect the trend to pick up, especially as P&G India is a very young organisation with an average age of 28-29," she said. Reportedly, the number of P&G employees who have adopted children has doubled in the past two years. Not only this, P&G India has also upgraded its flexible working policy which would allow employees to work from home for as many days as their manager allows. "We are reaffirming our commitment to 'flex@work' by providing greater flexibility in critical life stages like return from maternity/paternity, taking care of ageing parents, attending to a family member who is sick, etc," Ms. Roychowdhury said. It was five years ago that P&G had introduced a maternity leave of six months, setting an example for other companies to follow. With this move, it surely has become an example for its peers.
Source : 22-03-15   Compiled by
7th Pay Commission: Cheers for government employees! Centre to start paying increased salary from July
In what could bring smiles to lakhs of central government employees, the Centre might start paying the increased salary, recommended by Seventh Pay Commission, from July onwards, as per media reports. Added to the pleasure will be the government decision to also pay arrears to the employees along with the hike in salary. The 'increased pay', which is due from January 1, 2016, will mean a total of six months' arrear. As much as Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned in the Union Budget 2016-17 for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission for government employees. Implementation of the pay commission report in total is to cost the government Rs 1.02 lakh crore. The government in January set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary Mr. P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.
Source : 23-03-16   Compiled by
Mr. Saikiran Krishnamurthy may head Flipkart logistics unit ekart
Flipkart Ltd, India’s largest e-commerce firm, is close to naming Mr. Saikiran Krishnamurthy, a senior leader in its core commerce business, as the head of its logistics unit ekart, said four people familiar with the matter. The move is aimed partly at breaking down barriers between ekart and Flipkart’s commerce arm, which until recently were being run as independent businesses, two of the four people said. Mr. Krishnamurthy most recently headed the service product group in Flipkart’s commerce platform. His team is responsible for order fulfilment, post-delivery and seller services, and is closely linked to ekart, which is a key business for Flipkart, employing more than 20,000 workers who deliver smartphones, clothes, shoes, TVs and other products to customers. He is expected to take charge this month, the four people cited above said. Mr. Krishnamurthy was one of Flipkart’s high-profile hires last year. The online retailer hired him from consultant McKinsey & Co. in March.
Source : 19-03-16   Compiled by
Ms. Indra Nooyi's pay package increases 18% to $26.4 mn
PepsiCo Inc awarded Chief Executive Officer Ms. Indra Nooyi a $26.4 million pay package for 2015, an 18 per cent increase, after she helped offset the effect of a stronger dollar by cutting more than $1 billion in costs. Ms. Nooyi's received $13.9 million in cash bonuses and a stock award valued at $6.25 million that will vest depending on how PepsiCo's stock performs relative to its peers over the next three years, according to a proxy statement. The pay also included $1.64 million in salary and a $4.26 million adjustment to the value of her pension and deferred pay. Ms. Nooyi coped with slowing growth at PepsiCo last year by trimming expenses, raising prices and rolling out new products. North American demand helped fuel growth at its Frito-Lay snack division as the stronger US dollar eroded sales overseas. The Purchase, New York-based company's shares gained 5.7 percent last year, outpacing rival Coca-Cola Co and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston received the second-biggest pay package last year, valued at $8.56 million.
Source : 19-03-16   Compiled by
More women to script success stories in startups: Nasscom
Entrepreneurship is buzzing in India with startups springing up by the day to capture the new business opportunities. And women are beginning to make their presence felt. Though small in number for now, their role is only expected to get bigger in the days to come. The country already has the presence of over 4,200 startups straddling the spaces of business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) with women as founders constituting around 9% of this group currently, according to information provided by Nasscom. There has been a 50% rise in number of women entrepreneurs between the years 2014 and 2015 with this segment receiving a cumulative investment of $168 million in the last one year, which was a 4x growth. Women as entrepreneurs are equally excited about their journey in the startup world and are resonating well with their targeted markets.
Source : 21-03-16   Compiled by
Apple hires corporate security officer
Apple Inc, amid a pitched battle with the US government over law enforcement's desire to crack into iPhones, has hired a new security executive to oversee its corporate digital defences, people familiar with the matter said. Apple appointed Mr. George Stathakopoulos, formerly vice president of information security at Inc and before that Microsoft Corp's general manager of product security, to be vice-president of corporate information security, the people said. Apple declined to comment on the new hire.
Source : 19-03-16   Compiled by
Prof. V Ramgopal Rao Likely to Become IIT-D Director
A Telangana man, Prof V Ramgopal Rao, is likely to become the director of Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi. Prof Ramgopal Rao’s name was sent by search-cum-selection committee to the President for approval. The approval is expected to be received in about a week’s time. Mr. Rao, a native of Kollur, Mahabubnagar, completed his BTech from Kakatiya University and MTech from IIT-Bombay. Mr. Rao, who is PK Kelkar Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Bombay, is chief investigator at the Centre for Excellence in Nanoelectronics, and head of Centre for Research in Nanotechnology & Science, IIT-Bombay. He received Prof CNR Rao Bangalore India Nano Science Award, and Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize.
Source : 22-03-16   Compiled by
Oracle announces plans to expand operations in India
Following in the footsteps of IT majors Microsoft, Google, and Apple Inc, the US global computer technology corporation Oracle has unveiled plans to set up a state-of-the-art campus centred in Bengaluru, India's IT capital. It will also open nine incubation centres to support startups in the country and train over half a million students in India to develop computer science skills through Oracle Academy. The student training initiative is expected to give a boost to the government's "Digital India" and "Skill India" programs. The announcement was made after Oracle's Global CEO Ms. Safra Catz called on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in Delhi. During the meeting, she briefed the prime minister on Oracle's plans to expand its operations in the country. Oracle has been operating in India for the last three decades but this was the first time the company announced such major plans which coincided with Ms Catz's maiden visit to the country. The new campus in Bengaluru, the largest outside its headquarters at Redwood Shores, California, will be spread over an area of 2.8 million square feet and is expected to be the epicentre of its operations throughout India. More than 11,000 employees from diverse fields, including engineering, sales and marketing, global support, and finance and consulting, will converge at the high-tech site.
Source : 23-03-16   Compiled by
Quota in private jobs will curb naxalism: Union Minister Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan
Asserting that SC/ST people are equally competent to do private jobs, Union Minister Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan asked the industry to voluntarily give reservation to the weaker sections, claiming it will help curb naxalism. "Why are youths drifting towards naxalism? It is happening because they are not getting opportunities," Mr. Paswan said on the sidelines of an event here. "Providing quota in private jobs will help cool down anger among SC and STs," The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs said suggesting that the vulnerable youths from these sections are taking to extremist ideology due to the lack of employment avenues for them. Currently, the industry does not seem to be bothered about the backward sections of society, he added. Making a strong pitch for job quota in private sector, the Minister said: "The private industry, which is benefiting from the government, should reserve jobs if not at Class I and Class II but at least at Class III and Class IV levels to provide just reservation to scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST)."
Source : 22-03-16   Compiled by
Honeywell Automation appoints ex-Wipro CFO as Chairman
Honeywell Automation India Ltd (HAIL) announced appointment of former Wipro CFO Mr. Suresh Senapaty as its Chairman. Mr. Senapaty has been appointed as an Additional Director (Non-Executive, Independent) and as Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the company said in a statement. “Mr. Suresh Senapaty will be responsible for contributing to HAIL’s overall strategy and to provide counsel on corporate governance, business, and financial matters,” it added. He succeeds Mr. Surendra L. Rao, who served as member of the Board of Directors of HAIL since January 2002 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors from August 2014 to February 2016. Commenting on the appointment, HAIL Managing Director Vikas Chadha said: “Mr. Suresh’s global and local experience will provide the right financial vision for a company like HAIL, which brings both global technology expertise, and local capabilities to address the unique needs of Indian customers.” Mr. Senapaty has experience of over three decades in finance, governance, and strategy. He has held leadership and board positions at several Wipro companies, having previously led its finance function across its information technology, consumer care, infrastructure engineering, and healthcare businesses, HAIL said. On his new role, Mr. Senapaty said: “Honeywell’s technologies help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges in energy efficiency, safety, security, and productivity. Honeywell is also equally local, with many decades of service in India. I am excited to be part of this company and look forward to see the business grow in India.”
Source : 17-03-16   Compiled by
India taking BPOs to small towns for employment
Communications and Information Technology Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government is taking BPOs to small towns to create job opportunities in rural areas of India. "We are taking BPOs (business process outsourcing) to small towns of India to provide employment to youth so that they don`t have to migrate to cities for jobs," Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the Digital India Summit in the capital. The minister said that only 398 km of optical fibre cables were laid in Indian villages before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came into power. "Now more than 1 lakh km of OFC is laid, touching more than 50,000 village panchayats." He said the nation`s future lay in its talent clubbed with the information technology, and pointed out that the country witnessed a huge jump in manufacturing of mobile phones that "has grown by 83 percent since last year". "Now almost every big mobile phone brand has a manufacturing here. Investments in electronic manufacturing prior to May 2014 was only Rs.11, 000 crore. Now it has crossed Rs.128, 000 crore." The minister said growth of internet was an important tool for development and described it as an "open, fair, democratic, neutral and plural media for empowerment of people". "It (Internet) must remain non-discriminatory," he added. The minister stated that "digitally empowered India is the ultimate aim of Digital India Mission."
Source : 22-03-16   Compiled by
Atos hires Mr. Sean Narayanan as it looks to buy Perot Systems
Even as it is in talks with Dell to acquire the Perot Systems business, French IT services and solutions provider Atos has strengthened its senior leadership by hiring a key executive to manage its global delivery. The Euronext-listed company has appointed Mr. Sean Narayanan, former chairman and managing director for LiquidHub India, as its chief operating officer (COO) and head of global delivery for its consulting and system integration business. Before joining LiquidHub in July 2014, Mr. Narayanan was a key executive at IGATE (now part of Capgemini), where he was the chief delivery officer and also a board member of one of its business units. Mr. Narayanan’s joining of Atos assumes significance at a time when the company is engaged in serious talks with Dell to acquire the Perot Systems business. According to several sources in the know, Atos is learnt to have outbid most other suitors including India’s top IT outsourcing services company Tata Consultancy Services. “The discussion is reaching a stage of finality,” said a top official who was previously engaged in the conversation with the company. “Atos might have already made it,” added the source.
Source : 23-03-16   Compiled by
Royal Bank of Scotland to move 300 jobs to India
Royal Bank of Scotland has announced plans to cut 448 investment banking jobs in the UK and move two-thirds of those to India. Around 300 jobs will go to existing Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) operations in Gurgaon and Chennai. London and Newcastle-under-Lyme will bear the brunt of the job cuts, along with Manchester and the layoffs will take place by the end of next year. "As part of RBS's drive to be a stronger, simpler and fairer bank, we have been restructuring our corporate & institutional bank, as well as reducing its size, to focus on our core customers and products," the bank said in a statement. "As this process continues, our frontline staff need a simpler, clearer, more efficient relationship with our middle and back-office functions to better serve customers, so we're reshaping our services business accordingly," it said. Unfortunately the changes will result in some job losses. The bank, which is 73 per cent owned by the British taxpayer after a bail-out during the financial crisis, had recently also announced a cut of 550 investment advisers, replacing them with an automated system. It has been in the midst of global restructuring as it reported losses of 2 billion pounds this year.
Source : 16-03-16   Compiled by

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Iron Lady Day

Did you know... 

... that today, besides being St. Patrick's Day (Happy St. Paddy's Day!), is Prime Minister Golda Meir Day? On March 17, 1969, Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel. She was the world's fourth and Israel's first and only woman to hold such an office. She has been described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics and was often portrayed as the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people." 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." 

-- Golda Meir 

Mentoring = Outcome or Goal? Article 9

In order to maximize  mentoring which is a two-way relationship, it is valuable to begin the first session by agreeing the outcomes and goals of the mentoring relationship.

Although goals and outcomes are welcome to change over time, both parties must be clear about what the mentee wants.

Q. What is the difference between an outcome and a goal? 
A. An outcome is the end result. The goal is the milestone

For example, say the mentee wants to buy a business. The mentee’s outcome would be to buy a business, and the mentee’s goal would be saving or arranging  money for the down payment.
When working with a mentee is it important to explore what the mentee’s outcome is (what they truly want) as well as what steps, milestones or goals they need to achieve in order to fulfill their outcome.

It is highly recommended that when setting goals, all goals are made SMART. 

SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic, and Timely. For every goal ask the following questions: 

Is the goal Specific? If the goal is “I want to save money”, ask for specifics. How much money does your mentee want to save? e.g.: £30,000.

Is the goal Measurable? Will you or the mentee be able to measure or gauge whether or not the goal was achieved by the date set?

Is the goal Accountable? Will your mentee tell someone else about their goal, and ask that person to hold them accountable?  Make sure to agree with your mentee “Who will you be accountable to?” And: “How will you keep me up to date on your progress?”

Is the goal Realistic? The mentee can attain almost anything they put their mind to and yet it is important to ask whether the mentee has the skills, knowledge, and resources required to achieve the goal?  If not, a different goal may need to be set first to help them accomplish the end goal.

Is the goal Timely / Does the goal have a due date? You will want to ask your mentee when they plan to save £30,000.  by?  And, more specifically, how much they commit to saving each month in order to reach this target?

If all goes well you will end up with a goal similar to the following example:
Specific and Timely: Save £30,000 by March 2014
More Specific and Timely: Save £1,000 each month from this month till March 2014. Will do this by putting £1,000 into my savings account on the first of every month
Accountable: Email my mentor on the first of every month to inform them I have put aside the money. Meet mentor in person to celebrate in March 2014 when the £30,000 mark is reached
Realistic: Yes, I am capable of reaching this target!

Remember, for all goals to be successful they need to be SMART.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

What a Treaty ! Migratory Bird Treaty Day !

Did you know... 

... that today is Migratory Bird Treaty Day? On this day in 1916, the United States and Canada enacted the first migratory bird treaty, later to evolve into the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA). The treaty was for the protection of migratory birds between the United States and Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada) and makes it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell migratory birds. Over 800 species are currently on the list. Go out and do some bird watching today - and don't forget to feed them! 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." 

-- Miles Kington 

Mentoring - First Interview - Article 8

In this virtual world, physical contact with my mentees is usually limited.  I therefore use the following as a questionnaire which I share with the Mentee by mail, whatsapp and they take their time to respond to these First interview questions.

These questions can provide a quick way to break the ice in an early mentoring meeting (with thanks to the Independent newspaper).

The answers don’t have to be written down/ they can be typewritten :)  – this is to create conversation. Both mentee and mentor can answer:

  1. If you weren’t talking to me right now you’d be ...
  2. A phrase you use far too often is ...
  3. You wish people would take more notice of ...
  4. The most surprising thing that happened to you was ...
  5.  A common misconception (idea) of you is ...
  6. You are not a politician, but ...
  7. You are good at...
  8. You are very not good at...
  9. The best day / night out is ...
  10. The best age to be is ...
  11. In a nutshell, your philosophy is ...
  12. You light up when...
Simple questions. No judgement is passed, nor it is expected.  It helps the understanding process. The better we understand each other - it helps the future dialogue/ communications to be clearer and precise. 

The ABC or 3 Keys to Communications I learnt early are -

Monday, 14 March 2016

Baby-Boomer's Friend : Dennis the Menace Day.

I could not afford to buy the comics in my childhood.  Fortunately, I had friends who could.  God sent them to be my friends.  They would share the Fantom series, the Mandrake , The Chandamama, The Tenalirama, The Tom and Jerry, The Mogali series the Winnie the Pooh books and of course my favorite Dennis - The Menace.  Somewhere, I was able to relate to him.  It is a different matter that I wasn't so well treated - we had the 'Stick'ler rule at home with both my mother and father wielding the Stick/ foot scale quite ofter :) for my Dennis like acts.  But it was still fun and memorable.  I still watch the movies of Dennis on TV
When I received this newsletter below I realised that Dennis if a real person, would be two years my senior and a Babyboomer too :)  ! I just loved it. Can I ever forget my childhood friends.
Such childhood friends are really Special - ain't it?  Happy Birthday Dennis !  I know you will never Age and will spread laughter for our grandchildren too. 
Did you know...

... that today is Dennis the Menace Day? The comic strip "Dennis the Menace" appeared for the first time in 16 newspapers across the country on this day in 1951. Originally created, written, and illustrated by Hank Ketcham, this much-loved character is now seen in at least 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and in 19 languages.


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Don't ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday."

-- Author Unknown 

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Ethical Mentoring - Article 6.

Ethical Mentoring is not like Ethical Hacking :) ! 
It is vital that as a mentor we abide by ethical standards.

Professional ethics are crucial to any service business. 'Ethics' refers to an agreed upon set of moral principles or values or rules of conduct. Professional ethics is a broad topic that includes personal conduct, professionalism, confidentiality and client referral to a therapist or consultant, as well as conflicts of interest.

At Striding Out we subscribe to the Ethical Guidelines of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Mentors must treat all information a mentee shares with the utmost respect and confidentiality. Any notes a mentor may take about their mentee should not have the mentee’s full name and contact information on it unless the mentee agrees and unless the notes are securely filed in a manner in which no one other than the mentor can access. 

It is imperative that your mentee feels comfortable talking about their life, and at the same time it is vital that you uphold your legal responsibility.

There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality:  

•  When the mentee is at risk or harm to themselves or others

•  When the mentee is being abused, neglected, exploited or discloses the abuse of another person

In these cases, the mentor is required to report the shared information to the police, youth protection services, or the appropriate authority. Striding Out recommends that during the first mentoring session you inform your mentee that if any of the above-mentioned information is shared, by law, you must report it to the appropriate authorities.

It is not your responsibility to fix your mentee’s problem. It is your responsibility to forward the information to the appropriate authorities or external agencies. 

For those mentoring within a youth organization, make sure to be familiar with the organisation’s child protection policy.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Girl Scouts Begin day.

Did you know... 

... that today is Girl Scouts Begin Day? The Girl Scout organization (original named Girl Guides) was founded on this day in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. Juliette envisioned an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character. At a time when women in the United States couldn't yet vote, this nearly deaf 51-year-old sparked a worldwide movement inspiring girls to embrace their individuality, strength, and intellect. Thank you, Juliette. 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." 

-- Gertrude Jekyll 

Ethics in Mentoring - About Propriety

When behaving appropriately, Mentors:
  1.  Treat all mentees with respect and equality regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexual orientation
  2. •Adapt their mentoring to suit their mentee’s learning style. See the Learning Styles section
  3.  Are on time to all sessions
  4. Are honest about who they are and what they can offer
  5. Provide appropriate, timely, and constructive feedback
  6. Empower their mentee to look within to solve problems
  7. Listen actively
  8. Encourage their mentee to make decisions for themselves
What is impropriety or Inappropriate behaviour?

When behaving inappropriately, mentors:
  1. Tell their mentee what they “should” do (this dis-empowers the mentee)
  2. Criticize, attack or put down the mentee
  3. Provide advice based on assumptions
  4. Pity their mentee
  5. Preach or lecture their mentee
  6. Use derogatory language 
  7. Engage in unwanted physical contact. Before touching your mentee e.g. a hug you must ask their permission first however it is advised not to make physical contact with your mentee if they are a minor. 
  8. Sexually harass their mentee
  9. Personally attack or insult their mentee
  10. Request the mentee to lie, run errands, or keep secrets

Friday, 11 March 2016

Top 10 Essential Qualities of a Mentor - Article 4.

Great mentors are motivated and have exceptional mentoring relationships. 

Anyone can be a mentor and yet there are specific qualities that make mentors exceptional:

Reliability – A great mentor is trustworthy, consistent, and dependable.  The mentee should be able to count on the mentor to show up when agreed, be prepared for the session, and have the mentee’s best interest in mind.

Persistence – A great mentor is persistent. In most cases the mentor must be willing to commit to mentoring for a length of time in order to support the mentee in achieving results.  Especially when working with young people, a successful mentor does not give up easily but instead keeps persistent focus on what the mentee wants to achieve.

Respect – A great mentor respects their mentee. They see their mentee’s positive attributes and achievements. They honour their mentee’s beliefs, opinions, background and choices.   In order for a mentoring relationship to have a real lasting impact it must be based on mutual respect. 

Good Humour – A great mentor has a good sense of humour. We can often be too hard on ourselves and forget to take ourselves lightly.  It is the role of mentor to be flexible, know when to be silly, and when to be serious. At times, the mentee may find it hard to see the humour in their life. Like any other tool, humour, when used appropriately, can help shift the mentee’s perspective and energy during the session, from stuck to unstuck.

Patience – A great mentor understands that each mentee lives their life according to their individual timeline. It is important to have patience, knowing when to push your mentee and when to give them space and time.

Intuitive - A great mentor knows how to harness his or her intuition for the benefit of the mentee. A mentor needs to be wary of relying on conscious reasoning all the time. Intuition is an incredibly powerful tool, more powerful than logic.  When allowed to flow freely, intuition will tell you when your mentee is not being honest, or when your mentee is feeling scared.  The ability to intuit things comes with practice. If the intuition is accurate it will make an impact. If the intuition is not accurate the mentee will let you know. Remember it is all about trial and error.

Curiosity – A great mentor is curious about ALL aspects of the mentee’s life. Using curiosity, intuition, and powerful questions, a mentor does not make assumptions, but instead gains an honest understanding of who the mentee is and what the mentee wants. Curiosity will help you and your mentee get to the core of an issue and shine light on aspects that the mentee is hiding from him/herself.

Honesty - A great mentor is honest about who they are, what they are capable of, as well as what they notice in their mentee.  Being truthful is incredibly important because it supports a relationship based on trust.  Nonetheless, truthfulness should never be used in a malicious, intentionally hurtful manner 

Self-regulation – A great mentor knows how to regulate his or her own emotions in a session. As a mentor, your state of mind and body has an impact on the mentoring relationship.  Make sure to leave your personal and professional issues outside the mentoring session.  How will you know when you are not self-regulating?  You may start to daydream, talk to yourself, get angry, and/or apathetic.

Commitment - A great mentor is committed to their mentee. Your role as a mentor is very important. Make sure you are clear about the time and energy commitment the mentoring requires, before you agree to the relationship.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

How Mentoring Benefits the Mentor too ! Article 3

While mentoring programs are designed to benefit the mentee, there are benefits for the mentors as well.  

It is my experience that as the mentee’s confidence, personal awareness, clarity of mind and accomplishments increase so will the mentor’s.  

Through the process of mentoring, mentors will specifically:

  1. •  Strengthen their communication skills - people who mentor learn how to build effective rapport, listen deeply, ask powerful questions and adapt their communication. Personally, I realised the power of Appreciative Enquiry.
  2. •  Improve life satisfaction - research shows that mentoring improves life satisfaction for both mentor and the mentee. Personally, it moved me away from my normal 'Challenger' mode to an Intent listener mode.
  3. •  Expose one’s self to diverse thoughts, personalities and cultures - mentors learn about different ways of thinking and expand their knowledge of other people. Personally, it helped me open my mind and understand different perspectives. Opening of mind is positive I realised - a closed mind hampers movement. 
  4. •  Explore opportunities for recruitment - mentoring offers the opportunity to meet a variety of people who could possibly be suitable candidates for the mentor’s organization. In my personal experience I was able to provide employment counselling for those who were looking for it from their Strengths highlighting perspective.
  5. •  Increase your leadership and management skills - mentoring not only builds confidence, it helps mentors fine-tune their leadership and management skills too. In personal life, the Peer Mentoring experiences were the most challenging at workplace and within the Industry.
  6. •  Grow personally and professionally - through the process of learning how to be the best mentor they can be, a mentor will inevitably grow both personally and professionally. 
  7. •  Be seen as someone who cares and is of service to others - whether mentoring in a company or as part of a youth organisation, mentors are seen as positive, selfless role models. It helped me understand what is being humble, what is humility and above all we are not the omnipotent, omniscient - the world had several experts and specialists in thousands of niche's about which I know nothing about and I must come to respect the knowledge people possess.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

1964-1/2 Ford Mustang - Production day.

Did you know... 

... that today is Mustang Production Day? The first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line on March 9, 1964. Trivia fans: Contrary to popular belief, the first model year for the Ford Mustang was 1965. Mustangs produced between March 9th and July 31st of 1964 are often coined the "1964-1/2 Ford Mustang" by enthusiasts, but for all intents and purposes, the cars are 1965 models. 


Today's Inspirational Quote: 

"As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better." 

-- Steve Maraboli 

Mentoring isn't a Sweetener, it is Brutally Honest, Bitter Truth Pill and KickAss, Stickler Mentor . Many Crack. Few WIN!

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