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Why mentoring: what the stats say

We see the magic of mentoring in engaging and developing future and current leaders on a daily basis. The statistics tell our story:

  • 71% of Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs. Why? Because investing in leadership capability pays off in performance, productivity and innovation (Centre for Workplace Leadership 2016).

In a five year study of 1000 employees (Gartner 2006):

  • 25% of employees who enrolled in a mentoring program had a salary-grade change, compared to only 5% of workers who did not participate
  • Mentees are promoted five times more often than those not in a mentoring program
  • Retention rates were higher for both mentees (22% more) and mentors (20% more) than for employees who did not participate in a mentoring program

For CEO’s in formal mentoring programs (Harvard Business Review 2015):

  • 84% said mentors had helped them avoid costly mistakes
  • 84% become proficient in their roles faster
  • 69% were making better decisions

Research also shows:

  • Millennials intending to stay with their organisation for more than five years are twice as likely to have a mentor (68%) than not (32%)
  • Participants are 40% more likely to achieve their goals if they write them down. This increases to 70% if the goals are shared with someone to keep them accountable, such as a mentor.
  • 89% of those mentored, go on to mentor themselves contributing to a culture of learning and mentoring

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“It was worth its weight in gold”

“I’m now more open to opportunities. I have greater confidence, have stronger relationships with key influencers and my staff and have become more outward facing -recognising the benefits of connections across industries.

“I’ve also achieved my career goal of stepping into a CEO role in a great organisation. The investment and experience has been worth its weight in gold.”

Giancorp Property Group CEO Glenn Collins and mentor and Non-Executive Director, Craig Wallace share their mentoring experience. 


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CEOs reveal their paths to the top job

Leading CEOs have revealed their career moves, surprising training grounds and key conversations that have set them on the path to the top job. In a report by Korn Ferry, 11 CEOs including REAs Tracey Fellows, Xero’s Rod Drury, Carnivale’s Ann Sherry, LinkedIn’s Cliff Rosenberg and Lend Lease’s Steve McCann discuss their stories and turning points in their career.

Common themes include non-linear career paths, unexpected forks, sliding door moments, needing to back themselves and gaining diverse experience.

Copy of the report and related articles follow: 



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What does expertise mean in an automated world

The pace of change is accelerating and it has implications for every market sector. As referenced in this article by the University of NSW, the Institute for the Future’s Future Work Skills 2020 report predicts that within 10 years, ‘new smart machines will enter offices, factories and homes in numbers we have never seen before. They will become integral to production, teaching, combat, medicine, security and virtually every domain of our lives.’ 

Machines will be performing more and more functions but there is a need for people to focus on the things machines don’t do well – critical, creative and innovative thinking, and genuine engagement with others.

How can humans co-work with their AI counterparts and combine automation, data and personal and EQ skills to deliver the best outcomes?

What does expertise mean in an automated world, AGSM, UNSW April 26, 2017 


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Memo to Chairs without a single female director

Words of wisdom for the chairs of the 14 companies on the ASX200 without a single female director. As Women’s Agenda says, “insights they ought to read, before their shareholders do.” The top tips include:

  • Homogenous boards are risky
  • You won’t get women on boards by accident
  • Not all experience is equal: the group dynamic matters
  • Walking the walk
  • The Q word

Memo to Chairs of ASX200 companies without a single female board director by Women’s Agenda



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